Bjorn Wegge

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Bjorn Wegge is the director of information for the Norwegian Humanitarian Enterprise with a special interest in Azerbaijan and the theories linking ancient Scandinavia and Azerbaijan as propounded by Thor Heyerdahl.

The Land We Came From

Wegge initiated a 1997 musical album involving the Norwegian choir SKRUK and Azeri musicians and singers. The belief in Heyerdahl's theory is explicitly stated in the choice of the album's title: "The Land We Came From", with the choir's leader stating that Azerbaijan was "a culture that may be our long-forgotten homeland". The album's cover featured a photograph of the ancient Caucasian Albanian church at Kish near Shäki. The relevance of Kish church comes from J. Bjørnar Storfjell's archaeological excavation (also run by NHE and paid for by Norway) which led Heyerdahl to visit the church. The result was the appointment of Storfjell as chief archaeologist of a YUKOS-sponsored excavation to the Sea of Azov in 2001 to find evidence to back up Heyerdahl's Odin theory. Photographs of artefacts found during the Azov excavation appeared in Heyerdahl's 2001 book "Jakten på Odin. På sporet av vår fortid" (The Hunt for Odin. Examining our Past).

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Wegge is the author of Where East meets West (Oslo 1996), described as a "brief, readable overview of Azerbaijani history, ethnic groups and Christian links hinting at the opportunities for future missionary...
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