Khipu Database Project

Khipu from Chachapoyas — 109 Series

All photos on this page are by Dr. Gary Urton, and are presented courtesy of Centro Mallqui, Leymebamba, Peru.

The khipu found at the Laguna de los Condores constitute one of the most important archives of khipu known to exist. There are 32 khipu in all; 22 have been studied extensively by Dr. Gary Urton. Ten were determined to be too fragile to undergo analysis. All khipu currently reside in the Centro Mallqui, Museo Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Peru.

This page includes pictures of the group of khipu referred to as the 109 series. This series consists of six khipu knotted together and another set of two attached khipu. The six connected khipu are UR10, UR5, UR19, UR7, UR8, and UR20. They were untied for conservation purposes and are no longer connected to each other. The numbers of the other two khipu in the 109 series are UR17 and UR18; these retain their original attachment. All photos on this page are by Dr. Gary Urton, and are presented courtesy of Centro Mallqui, Leymebamba, Peru.