Khipu Database Project

Gary Urton

Dr. Gary Urton is Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies in the Archeology Department at Harvard University. He has decades of experience living in the Andes and has been studying khipu intensely for over 12 years. Dr. Urton has personally recorded spin direction, knot direction, and attachment on hundreds of khipu, augmenting the existing information gathered by the Aschers in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition he has recorded data on many previously unstudied khipu, including the important collection in Chachapoyas. His recent book "Signs of the Inka Khipu" proposes a theory of binary coding as one way to structure continuing khipu analysis.

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Jon Clindaniel

Jon Clindaniel is an Assistant Instructional Professor of Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago and a computational anthropologist, focused on solving difficult archaeological problems using data science techniques. He has worked on archaeological projects around the world in an effort to better understand the human past and is currently focused on deciphering non-numerical Inka khipu signs.

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