What did the Incas build with?
The Inca built their cities with locally available materials, usually including limestone or granite. To cut these hard rocks the Inca used stone, bronze or copper tools, usually splitting the stones along the natural fracture lines. Without the wheel the stones were rolled up with wood beams on earth ramps.
What did the Inca Empire not have?
The “most unusual aspect of the Inca economy was the lack of a market system and money,” wrote McEwan. With only a few exceptions, there were no traders in the Inca Empire.
How did the Inca build without cement?
Without machines, metal tools, or wheels, the Incas built structures that harmonize with natural outcroppings of stones found on the mountain tops. The precisely carved, carefully fitted stones required no mortar, yet have withstood 500 years of weather and earthquakes.
Why did the Spanish conquistadors not destroy Machu Picchu?
The Spanish did not destroy Machu Picchu because they did not know it was there. It was built high in the Andes Mountains and could not be seen from…
Why did the Incas not have writing?
The Inca did not have any alphabetic writing to fulfill the purpose of communication and store knowledge. What they did make use of was the Quipu system, a simple and very mobile system that has striking capacities to store various data.
What was a unique feature of Inca masonry?
Inca architecture is widely known for its fine masonry, which features precisely cut and shaped stones closely fitted without mortar (“dry”).