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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: owner Percy Dauelsberg, Arica, Chile
Museum Number: #3
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Unknown
Total Number of Cords: 404
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 33
Benford Match: 0.370
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Datafile: AS071

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. Construction note: Marker Ml is a cord of 1. 5 cm. tied to the main cord. It is color KB and is wrapped with cord colored SY.
  2. Construction note: Pendant cords of one color have been threaded with cord of another color. See AS069, observation #6, for a complete description of the color designations.
  3. Subsidiary cords 16s2s2, 3lsl, and 32s3 each end in small loop.
  4. The knot on P24sl is threaded with W.
  5. AS069, AS70, and AS071 were excavated by their owner, Percy Dauelsberg, in 1965. For a discussion of the collection, see AS069.
  6. A marker on the main cord separates the khipu into 2 parts.

    Part 1
    1. By color, part 1 is separated into 6 groups. Each group has the same basic color pattern: W, W*BS*, BS:DB/W, W*GR or W*HB, GR/W or HB/W, W*DB*, W*VB*, W*0G*, W*KB* or W*DB:KB*, W*SR*, W*SY*, W, W, W, BS, BS, BS, BS*GR or BS*HB, W. Where a group contains less than 19 pendants, it is one or more of positions 12-17 that is non-existent: group 1 has only 1 W and 1 BS rather than 3 consecutive pendants of each and group 5 has only 2 of the 3 W colored pendants. (The other exceptions to the pattern are: the twelfth pendant in the second group is W*KB rather than W, and the third and sixth pendants in group 3 are BS/W and W*BS* rather than BS:DB /W and W*DB* respectively.)
    2. With the exception of 2 pendants with value 1, in all 6 groups, positions 2-14 are zero-valued (or blank). The only values on the pendants are 0-4, 8, 11 and the values on the subsidiaries are 0-4.

    Part 2
    1. By color, part 2 is separated into 6 groups and each group contains 3 sets of pendants. The sets are each 7 pendants of the same color: 7W, 7BS, 7DB. Within each set, the pendants are threaded in the following order: none, DB, VB, 0G, KB or DB:KB, SR, SY. (Note that DB threaded with DB remains DB so that the DB sets appear to have 2 non-threaded pendants at their start.) Where there are more than 21 pendants in a group, 1 or more non-threaded cords are included before or after a set. For example, in the second group, the 26 pendants are the 7 pendants of the W set, 1 non-threaded BS then the BS set, and then the DB set, followed by 4 non-threaded DB. (The exceptions to the pattern are group 1 which has 1 DB cord instead of the DB set; the 23rd pendant in the 3rd group is DB*W* rather than DB; and in the 4th and 5th groups, one or both of the unthreaded DB are at the end of the DB set rather than at its beginning.)
    2. With the exception of 1 pendant of value 1, all the pendants are zerovalued (or blank). The subsidiary values are only 0-2.

    Parts 1 and 2
    1. Each part has 6 groups.
    2. Within the basic color pattern of part 1, in each group, pendants in positions 5-11 are 7 W pendants with the same color threading order as in the sets in part 2.
    3. Comparing the pendant values of the 6 W threaded sets in part 2 with those in positions 5-11 of 6 groups of part 1, with one exception in each part, all are zero-valued. In each part, the exception is 1 pendant of value 1 in the 5th group.