Step back in time to discover the spectacular world of the Incas and their ancestors. Successors to the Chimu gold workers and the Tiwanaku lake people, the Incas ruled the most spectacular empire South America has ever seen. The land of the Sun God was bright with many treasures houses of gold, the most fabulous clothes and huge stone buildings. This book uncovers the secrets of the mummy bundles, the mystery of the giant lines in the Nazca desert and the intricate rope bridges high in the Andes Mountains. Projects actively involve the reader in understanding the past: make a reed boat that really floats, create an Inca drum and design a tunic fit for an emperor. This book includes 15 step-by-step projects, which enable you to recreate the past and learn through experience while having fun. The fascinating fact boxes provide extra insights and highlight links between the way Incas lived then and life in the present day. Ideal for home or school use for 8-to-12 year olds, it is a stimulating and practical reference book. The illustrations include cross-sections, historical maps, building constructions and a pictorial timeline.
About the Author
Philip Steele is a highly experienced children's book writer. He is the co-author of Raiders of the North, Swords and Samurai, Sungods and Sacrifice and Gods and Gladiators (all Southwater). Philip Steele's other published works include: I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built (Kingfisher); A City Through Time (Dorling Kindersley); My Best Book Of Mummies (Kingfisher); The Incas and Machu Picchu (Prentice Hall); I Wonder Why Castles Had Moats (Kingfisher); The Egyptians and the Valley of the Kings and Thor Heyerdhal and the Kon-Tiki Voyage (both by Prentice Hall).