Q:

What did the Incas live in?

A:

Quick Answer

Inca houses were made from stone blocks and they had angled, thatched roofs. The Incas used mainly granite stones, because it was a hard, sturdy building material.

Know More
What did the Incas live in?
Credit: Henryk Sadura Getty Images

Full Answer

The average Inca family lived in a one-room brick house. Some of the single family dwellings had wooden floors. There was no furniture at all. Sleeping and sitting was done on mats placed on the bare floor. The Incas used a variety of architectural techniques, including fired mud bricks and shaped stones covered with mud and clay. Due to its complexity, the shaped stone architecture was reserved for religious sites, palaces and military installations.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What were Mayan houses made of?

    A:

    Prehistoric Mayan homes were constructed of organic materials such as a mixture of mud and straw known as adobe, and the roofs were thatched with palm fronds and constructed with wood. Some houses included walls constructed of stacked stone, called albarradas. The Mayans spread their walls with lime to whiten them. The floors were constructed of gravel covered with soil. However, some homes did have wooden baseboards.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How did the Mayans make their shelter?

    A:

    The Mayans made their shelter using stone or wood with thatched roofs with no windows or chimneys. The huts did not have wooden doors. Instead, they hung cloth screens on the doorways.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What was the environment like for the Incas?

    A:

    The Inca empire spanned along a vast portion of the South American coastlines, which contained the Andes Mountains, jungles and deserts. They typically built their homes in the mountains.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What happened to the Incas?

    A:

    The Incan Empire was conquered by the Spanish, led by Francisco Pizarro and his brothers, between 1532 and 1572. Though the Incas resisted, they were weakened by smallpox and civil war, which helped the Spanish defeat them and subsequently destroy much of their culture.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore