Dr. Frank Salomon is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently resides in Iowa City.
As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Salomon will work to complete his current book project, which is a detailed study of Rapaz, a community at 4000 meters over sea level, which guards some 263 khipus in a house of traditional ritual from which villagers serve the deified mountains. The project combines close study of these khipus with archaeological, ethnographic, and architectural study of their context. Khipu research bears on questions of "proto-writing," the origin and demise of scripts, and relations between semiosis (sign action) and social complexity.