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"Lucky Adventurer" or Visionary Theorist?,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Enriched Classics) (Taschenbuch)
The voyage of the Kon-Tiki ranks as one of the great adventures of our era. But was Heyerdahl's journey that of a "lucky adventurer" whose theories could be justly dismissed as "junk science" by the archaeological establishment? Or did his knowledge that the seas were virtual conveyor belts unveil the possibility that ancient peoples were not limited to migration over land bridges but could more easily have voyaged in rafts over open seas? Tom Dillehay's dating of the Monte Verde site in Chile to 12,500 years ago -- hundreds of years before the Mackenzie corridor opened the remote possibility of Beringia (dry Bering Sea) migration -- seems to have driven a stake into the theory that man first migrated by land to the Americas. Now paleontologist Walter Neves has revealed that a 11,500-year-old skull from central Brazil ("Luzia") has the round eyes, large nose and pronounced chin characteristic of Australian aborigines and native Africans. Will Heyerdahl's theories finally receive the attention in academic circles they have long deserved? For an exciting investigation into ancient sailing techniques in the Pacific read WE, THE NAVIGATORS, by David Lewis. For a current scientific examination of ancient navigators who sailed to and from the Americas read ATLANTIS IN AMERICA: NAVIGATORS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Ivar Zapp and George Erikson.