Synopsis by Alice Day
Even though the Incan civilization lasted less than a hundred years, their accomplishments in that short span were truly remarkable. The Incas developed agriculture, crafts, and construction, and organized their people into a flourishing community, whose capital city, Machu Picchu, still stands. Archaeologists have pieced together fragments of artifacts that reveal much about the advanced culture of the Incans. Little is known about the factors leading to their demise; when the Spaniards arrived, the civilization was already in decline, but the disease they brought decimated much of the remaining population.