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'Thor Heyerdahl - the Kon-Tiki Man' event runs in Baku - PHOTOS

02 March 2012 [14:20] - TODAY.AZ
An exhibition “Thor Heyerdahl - the Kon-Tiki Man” devoted to the world-known Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl was opened in National Museum of Azerbaijan history in National Academy of Sciences (ANAS).

Norwegian ambassador to Azerbaijan Erling Schenzberg said the eminent scientist had visited Baku once and again. The exhibition, which is to last during three month, will promote the strengthening of relations between the two nations.

Chief of National Museum of Azerbaijan History, academician Naila Valikhanli informed about the exhibition. She said the exhibition was organized with support of Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo, Norwegian embassy in Baku, National Museum of Azerbaijan History and the Statoil Company.
Director of the Kon-Tiki museum Maya Baugen and Thor Heyerdahl`s son made speeches.
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a background in zoology and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947.

In May 2011, the Thor Heyerdahl Archives were added to UNESCO`s "Memory of the World" Register. Currently, this list includes 238 collections from all over the world. 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 Heyerdahl Archives are administered by the Kon-Tiki Museum and the National Library of Norway in Oslo.



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