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

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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Uncovering a hybrid khipu/alphabetic text in the Central Andes

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.

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