The provincial governor of Easter island, Tarita Alarcón Rapu will meet in two weeks, the director of Kon Tiki Martin Biehl, to negotiate the return of material which has been collected by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his stay on the island in the 1950s.

“The collection… consists of archaeological and ethnographic, the carvings, the genetic material, as well as a large amount of photos”

Roberto Ampuero, minister of foreign affairs of chile

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“The collection, which is fairly large, includes archaeological and ethnographic, the carvings, the genetic material, as well as a large amount of photos taken in the 1950s”, said the minister of foreign affairs of chile, Roberto Ampuero. According to the minister, who met with his counterpart in norway Ine Eriksen Soreide in the margins of a conference on oceans, held this week in Bali, the museum is willing to discuss this restitution.

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Chile is also negotiating with the British Museum in London is the return of one of the giant statues (“moai”) of the island. The chilean minister of national Assets Felipe Ward, will be the 15th of November in London to begin the negotiations.

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