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The People behind the Project

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.

Dr. Gary Urton in Lima, Summer 2009

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Carrie Brezine has been database administrator for the Khipu Database Project since its inception. She is presently a graduate student in Archaeology, completing her dissertation on Colonial Peruvian textiles. Her background in mathematics, combined with her skills of spinning and weaving, give her unique tools for describing and analyzing khipu. Ms. Brezine has spent time in the Cuzco region of the Andes studying the indigenous weaving of the area, especially skirt borders and intersecting warps, and served as the textile consultant for the study of the Patrimonial Khipu of Rapaz under the direction of Dr. Frank Salomon.

Carrie Brezine studying a khipu.

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Last Updated August 2009

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