The Thule Expeditions were a series of polar exploration and research expeditions, that went on in the early 20th century.
The expeditions were led by the famous Danish polar explorer Knud Rasmussen. Each expedition had a different set of research goals. Some focused on geographical issues, while others were dedicated to the ethnographic and archaeological study of Inuit culture.
Knud Rasmussen and Peter Freuchen
After each expedition, there were written long reports about the scientific results. But there were also often written books that were meant for the public to read, such as “Fra Grønland til Stillehavet”, describing Knud Rasmussen's personal experiences from the 5th Thule expedition.
These accounts from the Thule Expeditions (and other polar expeditions), has been a huge inspirational source for me personally.
Writing my master thesis in archaeology, I had the privilege of writing about the archaeological results from the 5th Thule Expedition.
I concluded that the archaeological results from 5th Thule Expedition still provides the foundation for the understanding and definition of the Inuit culture called the “Thule Culture”. Therefore, the results from this expedition is still widely referred to in scientific articles and magazines today.
So even though the scientific results have had huge importance for their respective fields of study, in my very subjective opinion, the Thule Expeditions greatest value lies in their ability to inspire us to go out on our own expeditions!
It seems that these expeditions that happened a century ago, are still in many ways live today.
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