Here I go again, bad-mouthing Thor Heyerdahl to his countrymen. But note that I’m quoted as saying, “Norway is a country that has produced many great archaeologists. Thor Heyerdahl was not one of them.” Proud Norwegians, your country is great! And its greatness does not hinge upon the posthumous judgment of that guy with the raft.
Hear the audio clip here.
Update same day: Hehe. Some commenters on the NRK website are offended. One feels that I am just a kid with a lot of opinions, which is rather flattering to this balding father of a teen. Another thinks I’m just trying to become famous in Norway by criticising someone who really deserves fame. A third is of the opinion that Heyerdahl’s archaeological credentials are completely irrelevant, and erupts, “Has Rundkvist crossed the Pacific on a raft? … Rundkvist will die as an unknown man. Maybe with a solid scientific legacy, which will collect dust on some bookshelf somewhere.”