Uncovering a hybrid khipu/alphabetic text in the Central Andes

Currently she is researching the Inka writing system of knotted cords known as khipus.  She has uncovered a hybrid khipu/alphabetic text in an inaccessible pueblo in the Central Andes – the only text in existence with both European writing and the corresponding Inka style khipu cords.  It is hoped that this text, called a “khipu board”, will reveal clues as to how the khipus encoded information.

9 Comments

  1. Hi Sabine,

    Where can I follow your technical progress regarding this work?

    Thanks.

    Gary

  2. Solvej Vorster says:

    Are you working with Gary Urton, Jean-Jacques Quisquater and Carrie Brezine?

  3. Raul Rivera says:

    Hello Sabine, I am from Peru and I would like to read your article about Khipus Incas, is a very interesting subject the possibility of writing existed at that time. Please you let us know when you publish the article.
    Best regards.

    • Dear Raul, Thanks for asking! Latin American Antiquity will be publishing my article on the khipu board in June; American Anthropologist will be publishing another article of mine about khipus in September. It’s very kind of you to ask.

  4. john Shepherd says:

    was wondering if you have access to the new book on Kennewick Man? I have been living in Arizona now since retiring, doesn’t mean I quit learning. Talking to a psychologist in this area, it has be suggested i spend time researching my master and possible PhD. Hope all is well with you. Paul Utterback in in Mali but haven’t talked to him in several years since I moved out here. Is there any progresson Khipus and defining their usage.

  5. Sergio Jose Pessoa says:

    Sabine tudo bem? Sou brasileiro e assisti um programa de TV em que mostrava seu trabalho com os Incas. Gostei muito e achei bem interessante, parabéns.

    Abraços

    Sergio

  6. claudio says:

    Have you linked an actual khipu to a source (like a visita)?

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