Kon-Tiki: Thor Heyerdahl On The Big Screen

Kon-Tiki, a film based on Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary voyage across the Pacific, is released in UK cinemas TODAY! Nominated for an Academy Award, Kon-Tiki has been called ‘astounding’ by The Times and ‘a brilliantly shot epic’ by The Independent.

See the trailer here.

Heyerdahl Jr., Heyerdahl’s first son and chairman of the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, is in London this week for the opening of the film. In an interview with The Times, he confesses that he is a ‘big fan’ of the film, which portrays Heyerdahl’s 101-day journey from South America to Polynesia on a traditional balsa raft.

The aim of the expedition was to prove Heyerdahl’s theory that native South Americans could have crossed the Pacific to settle on pre-Columbian Polynesia with the basic materials available to them – a theory that was finally proved possible by DNA Testing.

After the success of the Kon-Tiki expedition, Heyerdahl travelled to Easter Island with a team of archaeologists to undertake the Island’s first stratigraphic excavations. Intent on proving that the Island was colonised by South Americans, he also studied the carving and transportation of the famous moai statues. Heyerdahl Jr. accompanied his father on this trip, where he says he ‘witnessed the extraordinary pigmentation of some inhabitants, whose distant South American origins have again been confirmed by DNA testing’.

Complete with full-colour photographs, Heyerdahl’s ground-breaking research is now recorded in ‘Easter Island: The Mystery Solved’. One of his greatest books, it expresses the sense of adventure that Heyerdahl brought to contemporary archaeology.

Easter Island: The Mystery Solved

In his words, “this book is a modest attempt to learn one more lesson about human equality through the ages.”

Critical Acclaim for ‘Easter Island: The Mystery Solved’:

“He opened up the world of anthropology to a new generation, and to new ideas.” – The Guardian

“Among the best travel books to be produced in recent years.” – The Scotsman

Get your copy here.

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