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MATCHING KHIPU  
  
 

 
 

 
 
The Chachapoyas Calendar Khipu

The "Calendar Khipu", UR006, is the largest khipu found at Laguna de los Condores, and incorporates data from two other khipu in the Chachapoyas collection.

UR006

UR006

Photo by Gary Urton.

In addition to being very large, the Calendar Khipu has a rare construction feature. Loop pendants, pendants attached at both ends to the primary cord, are used in a regular pattern throughout the khipu. When analyzing the Chachapoyas khipu with the database, it was found that a portion of the Calendar Khipu is very similar to two other entire khipu from the site. The diagram below shows UR021 and UR009 complete, on either side of the related section of UR006. The lines join matching or closely matching segments of each khipu.

CalendarMatchDiagram

Here are photos of the three khipu, with the affected portion of the Calendar khipu bracketed.

CalendarTriad

 
 

 

AS114 & AS123
A ten-cord matching sequence from around Ica.

AS116 & AS150
A close (not exact) match reinforced by color patterning.

AS159 & AS173
An exact match, including anomalous knot sequences.

AS194 & AS195
Two small matching khipu from the Callengo valley.

CHACHAPOYAS CALENDAR KHIPU
Two smaller khipu from the Chachapoyas collection match a portion of the large Calendar Khipu. Record keepin in triplicate?

PURUCHUCO KHIPU
An accounting hierarchy of six khipu. Cord spacing and color patterning are important in understanding the relationships between these khipu.

 

 
 
 
 

Last Updated August 2009

© 2009 Gary Urton & Carrie Brezine