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Inca Empire for Kids
Inventions
& Achievements

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Because they counted everything a conquered tribe owned, they needed a way to remember everything they had counted. They invented the quipus. The quipus had colored strings tied to a main string. The color of the strings and the distance between the knots tied in each string told a story - how many of this, and what was going on. You had to have special training to be a quipus reader.

The Inca invented a calendar they called time makers or time watchers. This calendar was tower. Time was important to the Inca for religious purposes.

They also invented a flute, a drum, the famous Inca panpipe (a collection of hollow tubes of various lengths stuck together), terrace farming, freeze dried foods, aqueducts, strange and scary art, a central government, a unified language, woven colorful textiles, gold and silver jewelry and statues, specialized professions, a system of communication (the roadrunners) and much more. They were very clever people.

The Incas wrote in string

The Inca Calendar

Inca Mita (Tax System)

Incas for Kids

Interactive Quiz about the Incredible Incas (with answers)