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.