Aztec Arithmetic: Positional Notation and Area Calculation

  title={Aztec Arithmetic: Positional Notation and Area Calculation},
  author={Herbert R. Harvey and Barbara J. Williams},
  pages={499 - 505}
Texcocan-Aztec peoples in the Valley of Mexico used both picture symbols and lines and dots for numerical notation. Decipherment and analysis of mid-16th-century native pictorial land documents from the Texcocan region indicate that the line-and-dot system incorporated a symbol for zero and used position to ascribe values. Positional line-and-dot notation was used to record areas of agricultural fields, and analysis of the documentary data suggests that areas were calculated arithmetically… Expand
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