Norway’s Kon-Tiki museum to return Easter Island artefacts

Thor Heyerdahl with artefacts from Easter island. Photo: 1957Picture copyright
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Thor Heyerdahl delivered to Norway hundreds of artefacts from Easter Island

Norway has agreed to return hundreds of artefacts taken from Chile’s Easter Island by famend Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl in 1956.

The settlement was signed by his son on behalf of Oslo’s Kon-Tiki museum and Chile’s tradition ministry in Santiago.

The artefacts embrace carved items and human bones from the Pacific island.

In 1947, Heyerdahl turned well-known for skippering a tiny balsawood raft, the Kon-Tiki, on a 6,000km (three,728 miles) journey from Peru to Polynesia.

His expedition proved, he stated, that historical cultures may have sailed to, and populated, the South Pacific.

Later DNA checks advised that the islands have been settled by migrant populations from South East Asia.

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King Harald V of Norway attended a signing ceremony marking the settlement

Heyerdahl subsequently made plenty of voyages around the globe, together with his expeditions to Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) in 1955-56 and once more in 1986-88.

Heyerdahl carried out the primary co-ordinated excavations on the deserted island whose many carved heads stand guard over the Pacific.

The explorer and ethnographer died in 2002, aged 87.

What in regards to the deal on the artefacts?

It was signed in Chile’s Nationwide Library in Santiago.

Heyerdahl’s son, Thor Heyerdahl Jr, says “the repatriation is a fulfilment of my father’s promise to the Rapa Nui authorities that the objects could be returned after that they had been analysed and revealed”, he’s quoted as saying by the AFP information company.

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The Kon-Tiki raft from the 1947 expedition was created from balsa tree trunks

Kon-Tiki museum director Martin Biehl stated “our widespread curiosity is that the objects are returned and, above all, delivered to a well-equipped museum”.

The entire course of “will take time”, he stated, with out giving any additional particulars.

After the signing ceremony, Chilean Tradition Minister Consuelo Valdes careworn that “as a ministry we’ve the mission to reply to the simply demand of the Rapa Nui folks to recuperate their cultural heritage”.

Chile can be demanding that London’s British Museum return the determine of Hoa Hakananai, an imposing basalt statue from Easter Island.

Such statues, generally known as moai, have been carved by the island’s indigenous Rapa Nui folks to embody the spirit of a distinguished ancestor, with every thought of to be the particular person’s residing incarnation.

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