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7 Lectures 14, 15, and 16 November. A woman irrigates fields with water from a small reservoir. The Incas depended on irrigation in this month of little rain when the rivers often dried up. December. To plant potatoes, one woman inserts the tubers into a hole in the earth made by the man, while another stands by to smooth the soil with a cultivating tool. January. Wielding primitive hoes, a couple cultivates its fi elds in the rain. Another farmer sits before a fi re and keeps a sharp eye out for crop robbers. May. Harvestime brings a division of labor. While a man cuts stalks,
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Unformatted text preview: his female helper carries bundles of them on her back to the f eld where she lets them dry. June. With the aid of a digging stick and a hoe, a man and woman root potatoes from the ground. Another woman transports them in heavy sacks to a storage place. July. At the end of the harvest, potatoes are brought by llama to a state warehouse and placed there. The emperor could distribute sur-plus food in time of need. Fig. 14-8. (continued) A calendar of Inca agriculture presented to the King of Spain in 1580. Source: Leonard, First Farmers....
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