wolframscience.com

A New Kind of Science: The NKS Forum : Powered by vBulletin version 2.3.0 A New Kind of Science: The NKS Forum > News & Announcements > science article on deciphering Inca accounting
  Last Thread   Next Thread
Author
Thread Post New Thread    Post A Reply
Jason Cawley
Wolfram Science Group
Phoenix, AZ USA

Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 712

science article on deciphering Inca accounting

There is a fun article in the August 12 Science, "Khipu Accounting in Ancient Peru", that turns on spotting relationships and patterns in data from knotted cords, that I thought might be of some interest. Computers are assisting archeology in unexpected ways, it appears. The article is on page 1065.

The researchers are Gary Urton and Carrie Brezine from Harvard. Here is their abstract -

Khipu are knotted-string devices that were used for bureaucratic recording and communication in the Inka Empire. We recently undertook a computer analysis of 21 khipu from the Inka administrative center of Puruchuco, on the central coast of Peru. Results indicate that this khipu archive exemplifies the way in which census and tribute data were synthesized, manipulated, and transferred between different accounting levels in the Inka admininstrative system.

There is a related article on page 1008 giving an overview of their results. They also have a website, here -

http://khipukamayuq.fas.harvard.edu/

Report this post to a moderator | IP: Logged

Old Post 08-18-2005 06:40 PM
Jason Cawley is offline Click Here to See the Profile for Jason Cawley Click here to Send Jason Cawley a Private Message Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Post New Thread    Post A Reply
  Last Thread   Next Thread
Show Printable Version | Email this Page | Subscribe to this Thread


 

wolframscience.com  |  wolfram atlas  |  NKS online  |  Wolfram|Alpha  |  Wolfram Science Summer School  |  web resources  |  contact us

Forum Sponsored by Wolfram Research

© 2004-14 Wolfram Research, Inc. | Powered by vBulletin 2.3.0 © 2000-2002 Jelsoft Enterprises, Ltd. | Disclaimer | Archives