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Patrimony and partnership: conserving the khipu legacy of Rapaz, Peru

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Renata Peters ,

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Frank Salomon

University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
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Abstract

Khipu, cord objects used for recordinginformation, are associated with the Incas; however, in two known cases, khipu survive in Peru as communal patrimony, still in ritual use. This article describes the khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz and a project of in situ conservation, conducted in collaboration with the local community. It was necessary to develop a strategy to protect the khipu, while allowing their continued use in sacred rituals. This challenged the basic principles of preventive conservation, but through the collaborative process compromises were achieved, acceptable both to conservators and to the community, which has now resumed responsibility for preservation of the patrimony.

How to Cite: Peters, R. & Salomon, F., (2007). Patrimony and partnership: conserving the khipu legacy of Rapaz, Peru. Archaeology International. 10, pp.41–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1009
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Published on 01 Sep 2007.
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