Quipus (or khipus), are recording devices used in the region of Andean South America. A quipu usually consisted of colored, spun, and plied thread or strings from llama or alpaca hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. The Inca used the system to keep records. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded by knots in a base ten positional system.

Quipus (or khipus), are recording devices used in the region of Andean South America. A quipu usually consisted of colored, spun, and plied thread or strings from llama or alpaca hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. The Inca used the system to keep records. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded by knots in a base ten positional system.


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Repinned by Elizabeth VanBuskirk. In the great Inca kingdom, writing, as we know it, was not developed. Instead a complex method of record keeping--and possibly historic information was stored on devises called quipus which were "read" by specialists, "Quipu keeers." These outstanding Pinterest boards give instruction showing how the Incas made their complicated devises, based on cords and knots.

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Repinned by Elizabeth VanBuskirk. In the great Inca kingdom, writing, as we know it, was not developed. Instead a complex method of record keeping--and possibly historic information was stored on devises called quipus which were "read" by specialists, "Quipu keeers." These outstanding Pinterest boards give instruction showing how the Incas made their complicated devises, based on cords and knots.

Cultura e Historia de Perú: El Misterio de los Quipus en el Imperio Inca

Cultura e Historia de Perú: El Misterio de los Quipus en el Imperio Inca

Locke knots.Locke's portrayal of primary cord and pendents, and of the three types of information-bearing knots that appear in standard ancient quipus: the overhand knot (i, j, 1j), the figure-eight knot (g, h, 1h), and the long knots tied as an overhand knot but casting the end through the loop from 2 to 9 times (2, ..., 9; 4 is shown loosened as e; 3 also appears on a pendent as f. As remarked in [Urton], each of these knots can be tied either right-hand or left-hand.

Locke knots.Locke's portrayal of primary cord and pendents, and of the three types of information-bearing knots that appear in standard ancient quipus: the overhand knot (i, j, 1j), the figure-eight knot (g, h, 1h), and the long knots tied as an overhand knot but casting the end through the loop from 2 to 9 times (2, ..., 9; 4 is shown loosened as e; 3 also appears on a pendent as f. As remarked in [Urton], each of these knots can be tied either right-hand or left-hand.

A quipu, or knot-record (also called khipu), was a method used by the Incas and other ancient Andean cultures to keep records and communicate information. In the absence of an alphabetic writing system...

Quipu

A quipu, or knot-record (also called khipu), was a method used by the Incas and other ancient Andean cultures to keep records and communicate information. In the absence of an alphabetic writing system...

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