Sabine Hyland is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian her work explores the little-known cultures of the Andes, both past and present. Her research has taken her to remote mountain villages in Central and Southern Peru to meet with native community leaders as well as with local healers and diviners. She also investigates archives in Peru and Spain, analyzing 400-year old manuscripts for the information they reveal about the Inka past. . . .read more

My latest field season in the Andes!

Just returned from my latest field season in Huarochiri Province, Peru, funded by Nat Geo. Although it was difficult fieldwork, with numerous setbacks, I was able to work in three remote communities who had used khipus well into the 20th century, all previously unknown. I found seven new Inka style patrimonial khipus with a total of over 750 multicoloured khipu cords; also interviewed community members and was granted access to colonial community documents. Many many thanks to my husband Bill,

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Nat Geo’s Explorer’s Grant: Hidden Texts of the Andes

My husband, Bill, and I have been awarded a grant from the National Geographic Global Exploration Fund, to document two patrimonial khipus still used by a remote community in the Peruvian Andes. We will travel there this year to study the knotted texts.

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Meanings on Khipus!

American Anthropologist will publish my research report, “Ply, Markedness and Redundancy: New Evidence for How Andean Khipus Encoded Information” in September (although it will be available earlier online); Latin American Antiquity will publish an article on the khipu board, “Knot Direction in Khipu/Alphabetic Text from the Central Andes”, in June. So many people helped me with this work — I’m very grateful!

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