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

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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Mankind – The Story of All of Us

Mankind – The Story of All of Us

Sabine has also appeared on three episodes of the History Channel’s mega-series, Mankind: The Story of All of Us, which was translated into 35 different languages and aired in 150 countries.

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Decoding the Incas

Decoding the Incas

National Geographic recently made a documentary about Sabine’s research, titled “Decoding the Incas”.  Translated to over 25 languages, this documentary aired as part of Nat Geo’s Ancient X Files series. 

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