The Ancient Silk Roads were a network of trade routes connecting the eastern and western shores of Eurasia through the large landmass of Central Asia. Many intelligent academics have tried to chart these roads, and put them online in a variety of dynamic maps. If you are one of these people who still likes to hold things in their hands, we recommend the Odyssey Silk Road map. It costs money, but it’s a great resource.
Online Silk road maps
Silk Road Seattle’s Silk Road atlas has comprehensive maps of cultures, empires, cities, travellers’ routes and physical geography of the Silk Road. It’s basically all you need, but it lacks the actual trade routes.
ECAI’s Silk Road atlas has absolutely everything you would want to know about the Silk Road in map format, but it’s difficult to navigate. I personally am not smart enough to read these maps.
Lastly, the Silk Road foundation has insightful maps of trade routes and civilizations. Click on maps in the sidebar navigation.
Odyssey Silk Road map
- Size Folded:12x25cm
All four maps are cross-referenced to the 65 descriptions of main locations along the Silk Route. Also provided are numerous colour photos, plus satellite images of the Bosphorus, Tien Shan and the Turfan (Turpan) Depression.[button link=”http://tinyurl.com/d4czr5a” type=”small” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Stanfords[/button][button link=”http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Silk-Road-Afghanistan-Context/dp/9622178227/” type=”small” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”]Order at Amazon[/button]