Were Incan Farmers the Best?

Last Fall, Smithsonian Magazine featured this article on the Incan civilization of Pre-Columbian South America. Although the Incas inhabited one of the harshest and most unpredictable climes in the world, they proved to be not only masterful architects–their roads and cities still exist–but exceptionally adroit in matters pertaining to agriculture: complicated canal systems; terraced farming; and advanced forms of land reclamation characterized Incan agriculture. Archaeologists and scientists are now drawing from Incan expertise to combat a variety of global climate problems. Please click here to this thought-provoking article.

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By James Wiener

James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaeto├▒ero, and fan of ice hockey.