On the occasion of the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Thor Heyerdahls birth, the book Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki in New Light by The Thor Heyerdahl Institute was launched in October 2014.

Among the many findings in the book are new blood-sample analyses that show traces of contact between Polynesia and coastal mainland America, new research on the genetic composition of the sweet potato. Also the volume presents a previously unpublished manuscript by Thor Heyerdahl where he revises the introduction to his thesis American Indians in the Pacific, on which the Kon-Tiki theories were based.

In the volume, scholars of international standing from different disciplines, confront the theories behind the Kon-Tiki expedition. Heyerdahl’s theories challenged established science. The authors have taken up this challenge! A wide range of contemporary scholarship is brought to bear on the ideas represented by the Kon-Tiki experiment. New findings demonstrate contact between Polynesia and the coast of the American mainland, but do these strengthen or disprove the Kon-Tiki theory?

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Price: 250 NOK + delivery costs.