Researcher delves into Inca writing method
Tuesday, August 12, 2003

A Harvard University researcher is trying to decipher the meaning of Inca khipus, a form of recording information through the use of strings and knots.

Dr. Gary Urton believes the khipus represent a system of writing based on a binary code of 0's and 1's, much like a computer. He is creating a database that he hopes will shed light on the subject.

Researchers have long believed the khipu were used for numerical record-keeping. However, there is no known "translation" because many were destroyed by the Spanish.

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