Tea and Khipus
A conversation with Prof. Gary Urton
Thursday May 9, 3:30-5pm, SBSG 1517
Light refreshments will be served
Reading can be downloaded here: http://is.gd/khipus
Gary Urton is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He has written extensively about the khipu numerical recording system used in the Inca empire in the 15th and 16th centuries. He also directs The Khipu Database Project, which has the goal of collecting all known information about khipu into one centralized repository. This allows researchers to ask questions about khipu which up until now would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to answer. Urton's recent publications include The Construction of Value in the Ancient World (editor, 2012), Their Way of Writing: Scripts, Signs & Pictography in Pre-Columbian America (co-editor, 2011), The Khipus of Laguna de los Cóndores (2007), and Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records (2003). He was a MacArthur fellow from 2001 to 2005.
Please contact nseaver@uci.edu with any questions.
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