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Friday, 19 April, 2002, 09:39 GMT 10:39 UK
In pictures: Thor Heyerdahl, adventurer

The Norwegian adventurer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl won fame in 1947 by sailing from South America to Polynesia on a balsa raft, the Kon-Tiki.

He died on 18 April 2002, at his home in Colla Michari, Italy.

Kon-Tiki raft
The Kon-Tiki raft set sail from Peru, braving sharks and other hazards to reach Polynesia

Thor Heyerdahl in 1955
The explorer handles a model of the Kon-Tiki, which carried a six-man crew on its historic voyage

Thor Heyerdahl and his wife, in 1969
Heyerdahl and his wife in the Moroccan harbour of Safi in front of Ra - a replica of an ancient vessel made of papyrus

Thor Heyerdahl in Morocco
After a failed attempt to cross the Atlantic in Ra, Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco again in a new vessel

Thor Heyerdahl viewing Azov pots
Last year, he joined an archaeological dig in Russia, hoping to prove that a line of Scandinavian kings originated there

Thor Heyerdahl in his office on the island of Tenerife
One of the most recent pictures of Thor Heyerdahl, taken in February this year at his office in Tenerife
See also:

18 Apr 02 | Europe
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