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Shortly after the Kon-Tiki exhibit opened in Oslo, Norway, I joined many from all over the world to view Kon-Tiki and actually stand on the deck and wonder at the bravery of those sailors who made the 101 day journey, Frankly I would have thought twice about sailing up the Thames river without a keel or adequate rudder to steer. What an adventure!
Fortunately for us readers Thor is also a brilliant story-teller, so that we can vicariously share the experiences of these six heroic adventurers who risked their lives every day during the historic three month expedition drifting at the mercy of wind and currents across the vast ocean to Polynesia.
Previous theorists had generally agreed that the Polynesian people migrated through Malaysia and Indonesia, then through either the Melanesian or Micronesian islands, and onward to the Polynesian islands farther east. It should be noted, however, that previous theorists had ranged rather far and wide in their speculations as to where the Polynesian people originated, including Southeast Asia, India, Arabia, Madagascar, North Africa, and even Western Europe and Iceland!
Heyerdahl's contention was that the Polynesian people were a mixed population descended from two groups of immigrant peoples who came to Polynesia from the Americas: one group from the Pacific coast of South America, and a second group from the coastal Pacific Northwest of North America.
Heyerdahl's theory has never been accepted by most anthropologists and archaeologists, and often has been adamantly opposed. However, based on the evidence presented in this book, I am convinced that Heyerdahl was right! In this book Heyerdahl made a formidable case, presenting a wealth of convincing evidence in support of his theory. In my opinion his theory can be rejected only by those who deliberately ignore evidence, or who resort to pettifoggery and obfuscation to dismiss evidence.
This is a long book and requires some concentrated study, but it will be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in ancient human history and prehistory, who prefers to be led by evidence rather than academic dogma, and who is not afraid to question authority.