The Silk Road is not simply a network of transportation routes. It is not only a geographical space. It is also a concept that illustrates the way that commodities, empires, religions, and even music, have traveled throughout Eurasia for thousands of years. The Silk Road is the idea that there is not a divide between “West” and “East” but an ongoing historical exchange of human experience.

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) Silk Road Atlas is a series of interactive maps that make this point. Users can see change over time, link from places on the map to associated web resources, and explore maps of different scale, from a single temple to the entire earth. We believe that this new technology brings alive the meaning of the Silk Road.

We have divided the maps into four broad areas: Land, Empires, Routes, and Cultures.

Home | Land | Empires | Routes | Cultures
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