Ayacucho Khipu Board

Section of the Ayacucho khipu board

 

An additional khipu board came to light recently in the Andean city of Ayacucho.  While researching ceramics from the Ayacucho area, Di Hu, a graduate student of Christine Hastorf at UC Berkeley, encountered this second khipu board in a storage room.  Covered with three layers of paper, each of which contains writing, this khipu board has plain white cords, occasionally exhibiting blotches of red paint.  Hyland’s analysis of the features of this khipu board will greatly expand our understanding of how khipu boards varied throughout the Andes.

 

Red paint on the khipu cords.