The Khipu—Language Hidden in Knots
Lecture no. 21 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America
Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The Inca used a complex system of records encoded on knotted strings. Study what is known of the khipu, starting with Spanish accounts of their use and the “khipucamayuq” who recorded and read them. Learn how numbers were encoded, and review evidence suggesting that the khipu may contain a form of writing.