Learn how and when to remove this template message Heyerdahl claimed that in Incan legend there was a sun-god named Con-Tici Viracocha who was the supreme head of the mythical fair-skinned people in Peru. The legend continues with the mysterious bearded white men being attacked by a chief named Cari, who came from the Coquimbo Valley. They had a battle on an island in Lake Titicaca, and the fair race was massacred. However, Kon-Tiki and his closest companions managed to escape and later arrived on the Pacific coast. The legend ends with Kon-Tiki and his companions disappearing westward out to sea.
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Reception[ edit ] The book was widely distributed, with both hardcover and mass market editions published,  as well as several reprint editions. Notable is that professionalism in the fieldwork cannot be disputed since he used educated archaeologists.
He argued that in addition to having been settled by Polynesians , Easter Island was settled by people from Peru in South America an area he described as being "more culturally developed". He also made natives erect a statue using levers and stones, demonstrating that this method also worked. At this time all statues were lying down and this one was the first to be restored.
Evidence[ edit ] Heyerdahl compared the highest-quality stonework on the island present in very few cases to pre-Columbian Amerindian stonework, such as at Tihuanaco. These are now by DNA analysis not available at the time recognised as a separate species from similar ones in Lake Titicaca.
He made the same claim for sweet potato and this fact is a riddle since this is South American. A cultural feature on Easter Island was enlonging of the earlobe. This is not present in Polynesia but common in South America. On the other hand, weaving and pottery used in the Americas was not known to the inhabitants of Easter Island.
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