How Khipus Encoded Labour Obligations

Mesias Pumajulka, grandson of last khipu expertFor those interested in knotted cords and ancient writing systems, please check out my newly published article in the Journal of Material Culture, “How Khipus Indicated Labour Obligations in an Andean Village: An Explanation of Colour Banding, Seriation and Ethnocategories”. This describes my latest research into the khipus that were used in Huarochiri province, Peru, until the 1940s, including interviews with Mecias Pumajulka, the grandson of the last khipu expert in Anchucaya. It’s now published and available on JStor! For those of you without access to JStor, you can read a pre-publication version on the St Andrews research portal:

Leave a Reply