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Lost writing of the Inkas discovered

The lost “written” language of the Inkas, which used twists of coloured animal hair rather than ink and paper, has been partially deciphered by Dr Sabine Hyland of the Department of Social Anthropology.

Dr Hyland has managed to translate the meaning of some names recorded on these twisted cords, which are known as “khipus”. This discovery opens up the possibility of deciphering the mysterious Inka string writing, which would dramatically increase the current understanding of Inka civilization, the largest indigenous empire of the Americas.

For the full story, see the following media coverage:

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/ca/pr/170419

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/inca-khipus-code-discovery-peru/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/04/19/khipu-code-inca-language/#.WP8wexQrwy8

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/news/archive/2017/title,1252667,en.php

 


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