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Heyerdahl, Thor

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Born: 1914 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: Norwegian
Categories: Explorer

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1914 - Thor Heyerdahl, born on the 6th of October in Larvik, Norway. He is a Norwegian explorer and anthropologist.

1937 - 1938 - He carried out research in the Marquesas Islands.

1939 - 1940 - Studied the indigenous peoples of British Columbia.

1947 - To support his thesis that the first settlers of Polynesia were of South American origin, he and five companions made the crossing from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago on a primitive log raft.

1952 - 1989 - His other writings include American Indians in the Pacific, Aku-Aku, Sea Routes to Polynesia, and Easter Island: The Mystery Solved.

1970 - Sailed, in a papyrus boat, from Morocco to Barbados, in an attempt to prove that ancient Mediterranean civilizations could have sailed in reed boats to America.

1977 - He sailed from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea, following a route he believed was once used by the Sumerians; this trip is detailed in The Tigris Expedition.

2002 - Died on the 18th of April in Colla Muchari, Italy due to Brain Cancer. He was buried in Oslo, Norway.

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