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The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

13 mins | Jun 27, 2018
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In the 15th century, the Inkas were the largest empire in pre-Columbian America and some of their artifacts are so complex they still baffle us today. Manuel Medrano and Gary Urton, writing in Aeon magazine, explain the mechanics of the ‘khipu’: knotted string devices used by the Inkas to centralise and collapse mathematics, language, and other disciplines into a durable and portable recording device.
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