Quipu, Andean South America, 15th century. On exhibit in Ancient Americas.
Quipus were used by the Inca to store and transmit information. The quantity, color, and location of strands and knots likely recorded amounts of tributary goods. Some anthropologists argue that quipus may include other forms of documemtation like words or symbols, but have yet to decode them.
I thought it was about time we got a little more anthropological. :)
- Intern Katie

Quipu, Andean South America, 15th century. On exhibit in Ancient Americas.

Quipus were used by the Inca to store and transmit information. The quantity, color, and location of strands and knots likely recorded amounts of tributary goods. Some anthropologists argue that quipus may include other forms of documemtation like words or symbols, but have yet to decode them.

I thought it was about time we got a little more anthropological. :)
- Intern Katie