The kontiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the pacific ocean from south america to the polynesian islands, led by norwegian explorer and writer thor heyerdahl. His lectures can be read in his book, sea routes to polynesia. Akuaku, the secret of easter island thor heyerdahl. This handsome volume is the story of thor heyerdahls love of a myster. The mysteries of easter island the mysteries of easter island. In what promises to be a handsomely illustrated work, explorer heyerdahl continues to build a case for his longheld conviction that transoceanic travelers spread ancient cultures around the world. This book, published in 1989, is a distillation of thor heyerdahls research on easter island. Thor heyerdahl books list of books by thor heyerdahl. He wrote a book called akuaku about his first expedition to rapa nui which reached a huge audience. The mystery stems especially from the island s gigantic stone. Easter island is one of the most remote places in the world and acclaimed archaeologist thor heyerdahl spent much of his life investigating the mystery of the islands famed, ancient statues. Giant stone heads of mexico ancient mysteries, ancient artifacts, ancient aliens, ancient history. Following is a list of companies that have contributed vital materials and other resources to the attempt to move and erect a moai on easter island. Pdf thor heyerdahl and the maldives a blessing or a curse.
The prehistory of polynesia has been seen as a story of cultural dispersal of people throughout the eastern pacific ocean. The mystery solved random house, 1989, heyerdahl offered a. Over thirty years ago, the man who did such important, pioneering work in kontiki wrote another bestselling book, akuaku, about easter island. On this day in kontiki, a balsa wood raft captained by norwegian anthropologist thor heyerdahl, completes a. As with heyerdahl s book about the voyage of kontiki, this book was also a best seller. Accompanied by norwegian archeologists and assorted cameramen, he began a series of island hops in graceful native boats or specially outfitted ships. October 6, 1914 april 18, 2002 was a norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. Heyerdahls archives have become an official part of humanitys common heritage. Czech engineer pavel pavel worked with norwegian exploreradventurer thor heyerdahl. There are more than 1 million books that have been enjoyed by people from all over the world.
The raft was named kontiki after the inca god viracocha, for whom kontiki was said to be an old name. Vinapus megalithic stone wall is said to bear only a superficial resemblance to the classic incan. The mystery solved by thor heyerdahl, souvenir press, pp 256, pounds sterling 18. They spent some time on the neighboring island, raroia, with the 127 natives and they related their encounters on the voyage. Thor heyerdahl osterinsel easter island 1954 video. Thor heyerdahl as world heritage easter island foundation. The secret of easter island lj 9158, a popular account of his. In his book, the kontiki expedition 1948, heyerdahl argued that the. Despite the early end to the experiment, thor heyerdahl estimated that this method for a 20tonne statue over easter island terrain would allow 320 feet 100 m per day. Rapa nui journal 43 fall 1990 the easter island foundation.
More recently, heyerdahl was invited to return to easter island and there confronted the conundrum of the famous, haunting. The island stands in isolation 1,200 miles 1,900 kilometres east of pitcairn island and 2,200 miles west of chile. Island that thor heyerdahl, organizer and financier. A read is counted each time someone views a publication summary such as the title, abstract, and list of authors, clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the fulltext. Easter island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early rapa nui people. A decisive battle occurred which led to the defeat and extermination of the hanau epe. Thor heyerdahl has 40 books on goodreads with 49745 ratings.
He became notable for his kontiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km 5,000 mi across the pacific ocean in a handbuilt raft. Thor heyerdahl was a norwegian explorer thats wellknown among other things for his expeditions to easter island in 19551956 and 1986. The mystery solved by thor heyerdahl 1989, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. While not all of thor heyerdahls theories have stood the test of time, he was a true pioneer, and this account of his journey to rapanui easter island in 195556 conveys his spirit as an explorer into its mysteries. The book describes the 195556 norwegian archaeological expeditions investigations of polynesian history and culture at easter island, the austral islands of rapa iti and raivavae, and the marquesas islands of nuku hiva and hiva oa. Heyerdahl builds his case that two peoples, one from south america and one from. If you would like to learn how to plan and execute a major project, then kon tiki. These distortions of truth are common in all of heyerdahls books, which are less. At the time, this list included 238 collections from all over the world.
The results of his historical research and his fascinating personal explorations are vividly shared in his book, easter island. This book, published in 1989, is a distillation of thor heyerdahl s research on easter island. Easter island remains one of the most mysterious places in the world. For decades, scientists have studied this remote island in the south pacific and its hundreds of giant stone statues known as moai. October 6, 1914 april 18, 2002 was a norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany and geography. Kon tiki across the pacific by raft thor heyerdahl. Easter island is called rapa nui by its aboriginal inhabitants, the rapanui. In 1937, fledgling norwegian zoological researcher thor. Tiki mangreatest adventurebiographythorillustrationbooksdinnerspdfcarving. Aug 22, 2018 on the 100th anniversary of thor heyerdahls birth, look back at his historic voyage across the pacific on the primitive raft kontiki. In 1962 he gave a series of lectures to the swedish society of anthropology and geography in stockholm. See more ideas about thor, rafting and easter island. Easter island by thor heyerdahl, 9780285642836, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Thor ragnarok trailer breakdown and easter eggs unworthy thor and planet hulk.
Heyerdahl visited easter island in 1955 and 1956 as he tried to determine if the island had been originally colonized by people who sailed from south america across 2,000 miles of ocean. Akuaku, the secret of easter island heyerdahl, thor. Now heyerdahl is back to explore the stone carvings and culture found on the farflung easter island, hoping to discover answers that have eluded scientists and anthropologists for centuries. Apparently thor was wrong about the migration but the book was good. Always update books hourly, if not looking, search in the book search column. It traces the history of easter island s interaction with the outside world, from roggeveens visit in 1722 up to the time of the book s writing. Nov 16, 1989 this handsome volume is the story of thor heyerdahl s love of a mystery and of an island and its people. Heyerdahl s popular book on the subject, akuaku was another international bestseller. Sometimes thor made me laugh with some of his comments as he likes his readers to know he is the boss of the expedition. Other scholars concluded that it was probably not the way the moai were moved due to the reported damage to the base caused by the shuffling motion. Exploring novel cyclic extensions of hamiltons dualquaternion algebra. French government resolved to send an expedition to the pacific to.
Thor heyerdahl project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. Informational nonfiction, 585 words, level m grade 2, lexile 690l. Tiki people edit heyerdahl proposed that tikis neolithic people colonized the then uninhabited polynesian islands as far north as hawaii, as far south as new zealand, as far east as easter island, and as far west as samoa and tonga around 500 ad. Among all such vanished civilizations, that of the former polynesian society on easter island remains unsurpassed in mystery and isolation. Life in rock art pdf tibet tibet photographs dazu rock carvings tiger motif. Modern experiments began with heyerdahls efforts in the 1950s, including. In may 2011, the thor heyerdahl archives were added to unescos memory of the world register. The heyerdahl archives span the years 1937 to 2002 and include his photographic collection, diaries, private letters, expedition plans, articles, newspaper clippings, original book, and article manuscripts. The famous norwegian anthropologist thor heyerdahl led the first archaeological expedition to easter island in 195556. Central to that story is the voyaging capabilities of polynesians. The book provided a really eye opening insight into easter island, its history and myths. There, after recounting the testimonies of those before him, heyerdahl dramatically tells his story of how he believes the monolithic statues were put into place.
Heyerdahl is notable for his kontiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km 5,000 mi across the pacific ocean in a handbuilt raft from south america to the tuamotu islands. The natives couldnt get enough of the stories and there was a real sharing between the tw. Tiki mangreatest adventurebiographythorillustrationbooksdinnerspdf carving. Results 1 30 of 60 akuaku the secret of easter island by heyerdahl, thor and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This handsome volume is the story of thor heyerdahls love of a mysteryand of an island and its people. It does give insight into the islands fascinating history but unfortunately is also used as a base for heyerdahl to do some of his own hornblowing. The secret of easter island, was published in english in 1958. Far from solving the easter island mystery, he has succeeded in making the.
The official position is that all easter island s platforms are simply variations of the marae platforms of central and eastern polynesia, which were socioreligious centres and shrines to ancestral gods. Pdf explaining how the monumental statues moai of easter island were. In 1986, thor heyerdahl returned to easter island to begin excavating. Thor heyerdahl led the first archaeological expedition to easter island in 195556. Thor heyerdahl as world heritage reidar solsvik on may 25, 2011, the archives left by thor heyerdahl, the famous researcher and explorer, were inscribed on unescos memory of the world register. In this new book, the occasion for his return to easter island after 30 years, heyerdahl tells the history of the island through the eyes of explorers and travelers, from its discovery by the dutch in 1722, through heyerdahls latest visit in 1986, during which he and his staff resumed limited excavations. Mystery solved as a dishonest and selfserving book. Kon tiki is not a project management book, but by following the process that thor heyerdahl used for his expedition, you will learn how to manage a project. Sep 01, 2015 a thrilling, fully illustrated account of one of the greatest adventures by one of the 20th centurys most famous travelers, thor heyerdahl easter island is one of the most remote places in the world and acclaimed archaeologist thor heyerdahl spent much of his life investigating the mystery of the islands famed, ancient statues. Akuaku tells of heyerdahls expedition to investigate the mysteries of easter island. In 1969 and 1970, heyerdahl built two boats from papyrus and attempted to cross the atlantic ocean from morocco in africa. He claims that as a result he has solved the mystery of easter island, that it was first settled about ad 400 by people from central and south america, that the.
Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. It is the easternmost outpost of the polynesian island world. Easter island is one of the most remote places in the world and acclaimed archaeologist thor heyerdahl spent much of his life investigating the mystery of the island s famed, ancient statues. The mystery solved random house, 1989, heyerdahl offered a more detailed theory of the island s history. Heyerdahl was invited by the current president of the republic of maldives to conduct excavations, thus relaxing the religious injunction. Thor heyerdahl was a norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology. The benefit you receive by reading this book is actually information inside this reserve incredible fresh, you will get facts which is getting deeper a person read a lot of information you will get.
Thor gives enough information to really get the imagination going. The mystery solved hardcover december 3, 1989 book is not ordinary book, you have it then the world is in your hands. Easter island thor heyerdahl paperback books online. Best known for its monumental statuary, the remote southeastern pacific outpost has down through the ages been something of a global. Based on drawings and models from ancient egypt, the first boat, named ra after the egyptian sun god, was constructed by boat builders from lake chad using papyrus reed obtained from lake tana in ethiopia and launched into the atlantic ocean from the coast of morocco. It is the birthday of norwegian adventurer thor heyerdahl who sailed his raft kontiki miles across the pacific ocean from. Akuaku tells of heyerdahl s expedition to investigate the mysteries of easter island. Akuaku, the secret of easter island thor heyerdahl download. As a little boy, i cradled heyerdahls books, kon tiki and the ra expedition, to my chest, dreaming about exploits in faraway lands. The journal of jacob roggeveen edited by andrew sharp. A thrilling, fully illustrated account of one of the greatest adventures by one of the 20th centurys most famous travelers, thor heyerdahl easter island is one of the most remote places in the world and acclaimed archaeologist thor heyerdahl spent much of his life investigating the mystery of the island s famed, ancient statues.
Geologically one of the youngest inhabited territories on earth, easter island, located in the midpacific ocean, was, for most of its history, one of the most isolated its inhabitants, the rapa nui, have endured famines, epidemics of disease and cannibalism, civil war, environmental collapse, slave raids, various colonial contacts, and have seen their population crash on more than one occasi. The ethnographic evidence for these claims is outlined in heyerdahls book akuaku. Easter island the mystery solved gebruikersrecensie not available book verdict. A thrilling, fully illustrated account of one of the greatest adventures by one of the 20th century s most famous travelers, thor heyerdahl easter island is one of the most remote places in the world and acclaimed archaeologist thor heyerdahl spent much of his life investigating the mystery of the island s famed, ancient statues. Pdf the walking megalithic statues moai of easter island. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. He became notable for his kontiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km 5,000 mi across the pacific ocean in a handbuilt raft from south america to the tuamotu islands. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. Heyerdahls kon tiki theory and the denial of the indigenous past. It traces the history of easter islands interaction with the outside world, from roggeveens visit in 1722 up to the time of the books writing. Here, the wayfaring norwegian now 75 focuses on easter island.
The title of this book is somewhat redundant, for in 1955 heyerdahl made his first trip to easter island and wrote akuaku. Heyerdahl visited easter island in 1955 and 1956 as he tried to determine if the island had been originally colonized by people who sailed from south. It traces the history of easter island s interaction with the outside world, from roggeveens visit in 1722 up to the time of the books writing. Quoting from the text of thor heyerdahls lecture to the swedish society of anthropology. Were featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. This handsome volume is the story of thor heyerdahl s love of a mystery and of an island and its people.920 1092 985 474 881 1464 1420 366 516 1311 1018 259 465 500 814 292 936 144 619 276 396 789 1019 685 794 1143 1093 293 187