quipu :

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  • n  calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records

  • Few of the world's museums have even one quipu, and probably none has more than two.
  • In an Inca tomb near Cajamarca, Peru, Francisco Loaysa, of Lima, found an elaborate " quipu," or knotted and decorated cord 16 yards long, used by the Incas as a calculating .
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  • Peace Montessori delves into ancient Inca culture
    Lisa Zimmermann was a bit baffled Friday when she learned the quipu was used for counting heads of animals. "This is really cool," the second-grader said, running her fingers across a Inca weaving display in the Peace Montessori classroom.
    March 11, 2014 - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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