Saturday, 1:30 pm
Are 2,000-Year-Old Wrapped Batons and Wrapped Cords from Cerrillos, Peru, Pre-Khipus, Precursors of Inka Khipu?
Dr. Jeffrey C Splitstoser will speak about an important discovery at excavations in 2003 at the Paracas site of Cerrillos. Short wooden rods wrapped with colored, camelid-hair yarn were found with sets of pattern-wrapped cords dangling from them. The wrapping of the cords and batons created multiple patterns based on yarn color, yarn structure, and band width, which might have implications for our understanding of the nature and development of khipu knotted-string devices that served as the primary record keeping tool for the Inka, and possibly Wari Empires. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser is currently the Textile Specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project directed by Dr. Tom Dillehay. Splitstoser is a research associate of the Institute of Andean Studies, the Vice President of the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center in Barnardsville, North Carolina, and the editor, with Dr. George Stuart, of its peer-reviewed journal, Ancient America. He provides consultation on Andean textiles for the National Museum of the American Indian. Sponsored by the Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum. Free admission.