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Alan P. Scott - Fictions - Quipu

Incan tation

Method used by Inca messengers to record and transmit information encoded as knots tied in colored string. The definitive text reference seems to be The Code of the Quipu: A Study in Media, Mathematics and Culture, by Marcia and Robert Ascher (Michigan University Press, 1982).
SEE ALSO some quick WWW references:
"The Quipu, an Incan Data Structure"
"The Code of Quipu"
"The Quipu/Nasca Valley of Peru"

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