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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: Unknown
Museum Number: unnumbered
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Rancho San Juan, Ica Valley
Total Number of Cords: 60
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 1
Benford Match: 0.434
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Datafile: AS072

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. This khipu is in very fragmentary condition. It consists of 3 broken pieces that have been recorded together. The first fragment is one group and a top cord; the second is 4 groups with top cords and 3 top cords from which the groups have been broken off; and the third is a group that has been broken off. The broken group has arbitrarily been associated with one of the broken top cords (pendants 24-28 and T7). No colors can be identified.
  2. Construction note: Each pendant group is suspended from a cord and this cord is attached to the main cord. Hence, the pendants themselves are not connected to the main cord.
  3. The khipu is too fragmentary to determine if the top cords carried the sum of the pendant cords. However, none of the discernable values contradict this possibility.
  4. AS072 and AS073 are associated. They were found in association with 7 pieces of cloth and 1 pottery fragment. All were exposed above ground as a result of prior burial site disruptions. The provenance is Rancho San Juan, Ica Valley, Peru.
  5. Although AS072 and AS073 are both in poor condition, it is interesting to note that, although associated with the same burial, they have different construction styles.