Threads That Speak: How The Inca Used Strings to Communicate | National Geographic

Threads That Speak: How The Inca Used Strings to Communicate | National Geographic

(wind blowing) (solemn music) (engine humming) When you work with
archaeological objects, you are like entering the
world of your ancestors. (mysterious music) I like to think that in
a way, they talk to us. (mysterious music) A Quipu is an accounting
device made of cotton strings that used knots to
represent numbers. (mysterious music) A Quipu is the accountance
of life (laughs). (mysterious music) The Quipus were made in
Inca times by Quipucamayocs. (mysterious music) The Quipucamayocs, the only
ones who were able to read it, die and didn’t pass the knowledge
to the next generations. There’s a lot of questions
still to get answered. My biggest hope for Inkawasi
is to be able to excavate all the site. (gentle bell music) The Quipus are
very well preserved because the environment
of the Peruvian coast is very arid. So you have a very
good preservation of
any organic remain. (gentle bell music) This must be 600 years old. And as you can see the
preservation is very well. (gentle bell music) We know that the numbers
who found in the Quipus are the counts of these product. (gentle bell music) [Woman] They have been
buried for 600 years and so what we do
is the conservation. That means keep them clean
and straight so the analyzer can come and study them. I think this discovery would
bring a better understanding of Quipus and also in how the
Incas dominate and control these local populations. Many people say that
because we had no writing our culture was not developed. But we really have
things like Quipus that show that it was a very
developed culture. Every time it’s exciting
because we are finding them in different contexts and
in different situations. And different sizes, different shapes, colors, knots. So we can have a very
big data of these Quipus. So we can compare them and
get any kind of insight to see how to read them
or how to understand them. (gentle bell music) The first one when you
see them like really dirty spaghetti and then the
end they are just like “take me a picture,” they
are so pretty.(laughs) I think the Quipus
are grateful (laughs). (gentle upbeat music) (paper tearing) (paper tearing)

41 comments on “Threads That Speak: How The Inca Used Strings to Communicate | National Geographic

  1. I think I saw about quipo in a TedTalk, someone was talking about it as a type of earlier time communication or calculation. Maybe I am mistaken.

  2. i dont even see anything special about this Inca things. As a lot of people told about Inca as it is an amazing group of people that ever lived. If they are amazing they still exist now. So stop this bullshit

  3. damn this almost looks like the tools some dark magicians used. They said only a certain type of person their society knew how to read it. Was it a priest or something?

  4. Great intro
    I think Quipus were sophisticated by the Inka Kimgdom.
    But Quipus are dated 2 Mellenium before Christ.

    The myth "INCAS NEVER HAT SCRIPTURE" is being broken

    Sumaq vid
    Sulpayki NatGeo

  5. "Inca were not a developed " jajajaja… if it wasn't for the illnes of the spanish… history would not be the same

  6. Everything was fine back then….the spanish came……. it all went to trash….leading up to this point of drumroll the Trump era

  7. there is an other option.. imagine there is a underlying "alphabet" insiders know the alphabet from memory.. and the knots are directional locators.
    like a chessboard you know ( memorize ) the horizontal and vertical lines and the chesspieces ( words / letters ) inside them and then you only need to tie a knot pointing at the correct location on the chessboard.

  8. Stephen Baxter's book Ultima brought me here. A space fairing suoer advanced civilization totally Incan. So worth the read.

  9. love it, but when I see these sort of videos and notice not a single gloved hand in sight.. I just… AHHHHHHH we need to carefully preserve our history

  10. it seems more like a blend between live art (wearable art) and well, a nice way to carry a coded message across great distances. certainly seems to beat using clay tablets. there's a reason clay tablet contain tons of accounts from diplomats and courtly affairs, those things were expensive to make and heavy to move around… more efficient way to write, Andean cultures… who were supposed to be less developed… I savor the sweet sweet Irony.

  11. Yine İngilizce bilmeyişime üzüldüm. Keşke birisi Türkçe altyazı eklese. Bu düğümler belki de süs eşyası idi. İletişim için kullandıklarını nasıl biliyorlarmış?

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