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dc.contributor.authorHyland, Sabine Patricia
dc.contributor.authorWare, Gene
dc.contributor.authorClark, Madison
dc.identifier.citationHyland , S P , Ware , G & Clark , M 2014 , ' Knot direction in a khipu/alphabetic text from the Central Andes ' , Latin American Antiquity: A Journal for the Society of American Archaeology , vol. 25 , no. 2 , pp. 189-197 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 145020489
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dc.description.abstractKhipus are knotted-string devices that were used in the Inka Empire for communication and for recording information. We recently analyzed the names and associated khipu cords in a newly discovered hybrid khipu/alphabetic text from the Central Andes. Results indicate a significant relationship in the text between knot direction and a form of social organization known as moieties, in which S-knots correspond to the upper (Hanan) moiety and Z-knots correspond to the lower (Urin) moiety. This relationship suggests that knot direction was used to indicate moiety in Andean khipus and, as such, may represent the first decipherment of a structural element in khipus since the decoding of the number system in the 1920s.
dc.relation.ispartofLatin American Antiquity: A Journal for the Society of American Archaeologyen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2014 by the Society for American Archaeology. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's article reuse policy.en
dc.subjectAndean archaeologyen
dc.subjectAndean anthropologyen
dc.subjectGN Anthropologyen
dc.titleKnot direction in a khipu/alphabetic text from the Central Andesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Social Anthropologyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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