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Gary Urton
- Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies
- Chair, Department of Anthropology

gurton [at] | Khipu Database Project
(617) 496-8534, Peabody Museum 59 A-C

Cirriculum Vitae [pdf]


Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1971-1979 (Anthropology)
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1969-1971 (Ancient History)
B.A. University of New Mexico 1966-1969 (History)
Eastern New Mexico University 1964-1966

Teaching Specialties
South America; the Andes; Amazonia; Native Peoples and Cultures of North and South America – South American Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Ethnology; Anthropology and History; Comparative Literacy, Numeracy, Ethnoastronomy, Cosmology; Material Culture; State Formation; Theory

Selected Publications
1981 At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology. Latin American
Monographs, No. 55. University of Texas Press. Austin. [1988 - Paperback edition of At
the Crossroads... University of Texas Press.] Spanish edition: En el cruce de rumbos de la
tierra y el cielo (2006). Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de la Casas.

1990 The History of a Myth: Pacariqtambo and the Origin of the Inkas. University of Texas
Press. Austin. Spanish edition: Historia de un Mito: Pacariqtambo y el origen de los
Inkas. (2004). Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas.

1997 The Social Life of Numbers: A Quechua Ontology of Numbers and Philosophy of
Arithmetic. University of Texas Press, Austin. Spanish edition: La Vida Social de los
Números: Una ontología de los números y la filosofía de la aritmética quechuas. (2003) Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas.

1999 Inca Myths. The Legendary Past Series. London: British Museum Press; and Austin:
University of Texas Press. Translations into: French, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean,
Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Greek.

2003a Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records. Austin:
University of Texas Press. Spanish edition: Signos del Khipu Inka: Codigo Binario.
(2005) Cusco: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas.

2003b Quipu: Contar Anudando en el Imperio Inka / Knotting Accounts in the Inka Empire. Bi-
lingual exhibition catalog for a joint Harvard University / Museo Chileno de Arte Pre-
Colombino (Santiago de Chile) exhibit of khipu (Quipus):. (August, ’03). Pub. by the
MCAP and Harvard University.

2008 The Khipus of Laguna de los Cóndores / Los Khipus de la Laguna de los Cóndores.
Forma e Imágen. Lima.

  2009 President & Fellows of Harvard College | Harvard University | Department of Anthroplogy