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The Khipu

Khipus (or quipus) were structured systems of knots used by the Inca people to communicate and record numerical records. A relatively small number of khipus survived the Spanish conquest of South America and by and large are now held in museums. Structural details of each of these khipus have been described in a database by the Khipu Database Project1. I have drawn the entity model shown here to describe this structure. You can think of this model as a modern meta description of an ancient database system.

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This model is adapted from a model of Khipu presented by the Khipu database project and used to describe the data tables held in their database.

1See the Khipu Database Project: http://khipukamayuq.fas.harvard.edu/ProjectDescrERD.html.