Bark detail of a Silver Birch tree at the Holocaust Memorial Garden in Hyde Park, London ~ Photo by...George Rex©

Bark detail of a Silver Birch tree at the Holocaust Memorial Garden in Hyde Park, London ~ Photo by...George Rex©

Oolites or cave pearls are sedimentary rocks formed from ooids, spherical grains composed of concentric layers

Oolites or cave pearls are sedimentary rocks formed from ooids, spherical grains composed of concentric layers

The diagram (above) shows how the Inca calculated numbers on the quipu. [...] The color of the cords was also significant in that it represented the item which was being counted. The color depended upon the nature of the object; yellow for gold, red for the army, and white for peace. As the colors were limited, some colors had different meanings depending on the general purpose of the Quipu in question.

The diagram (above) shows how the Inca calculated numbers on the quipu. [...] The color of the cords was also significant in that it represented the item which was being counted. The color depended upon the nature of the object; yellow for gold, red for the army, and white for peace. As the colors were limited, some colors had different meanings depending on the general purpose of the Quipu in question.

quipus - knotted-string necklaces/devices used to record statistical data in Andean South America

quipus - knotted-string necklaces/devices used to record statistical data in Andean South America

"The quipu is a controversial, symbolic, and mysterious object of knowledge sustained by the old Andean cultures. Over the centuries, people codified knowledge in knotted colored cords made out of diverse kinds of animal and plant fibers."

"The quipu is a controversial, symbolic, and mysterious object of knowledge sustained by the old Andean cultures. Over the centuries, people codified knowledge in knotted colored cords made out of diverse kinds of animal and plant fibers."

Quipu. AD 1400 - 1532. Sometimes called "Talking Knots", Quipus were recording devices used by the Incan Empire.

Quipu. AD 1400 - 1532. Sometimes called "Talking Knots", Quipus were recording devices used by the Incan Empire.

Quipu (Khipu), Inca, AD 1430-1530 - A Collective Memory: The only form of writing known in pre-Columbian South America, Quipu are still one of the great mysteries of archaeology as they have never been deciphered. These Quipu have been found at late Chachapoya sites and reflect the essential role of trade in this society. The different colours, twining, knot styles and lengths of string all hold information that can be read by a Quipu reader, knowledge that might have been lost to us…

Quipu (Khipu), Inca, AD 1430-1530 - A Collective Memory: The only form of writing known in pre-Columbian South America, Quipu are still one of the great mysteries of archaeology as they have never been deciphered. These Quipu have been found at late Chachapoya sites and reflect the essential role of trade in this society. The different colours, twining, knot styles and lengths of string all hold information that can be read by a Quipu reader, knowledge that might have been lost to us…

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