Thor Heyerdahl and Kon Tiki: A Grand Experiment in Archaeology


Mar 5, 2014
06:00 PM


Scholars have long debated the possibility of long-distance travel between continents, and its impact on the development of cultures.

In this lecture, Dr. Clark Erickson, Curator-in-Charge, Penn Museum American Section, discusses Thor Heyerdahl’s mid-20th-century proposal of a bold experiment to show that South Americans could have colonized Pacific Islands using indigenous boats and navigation—an experiment in which Heyerdahl sailed 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to French Polynesia in a self-built raft. For more information, call 215.898.2680.


$5 with advance registration; $10 at the door based on availability


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3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA

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