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The Silk Road Project's multi-year, multidisciplinary educational program Silk Road Connect uses the dye indigo to connect the arts, humanities and sciences to middle school students' everyday lives.


Silk Road Wall Map

The Silk Road and related trade routes

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Maps of the Silk Road

The historical Silk Road comprised a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the middle of the second millennium C.E. The intersections among people from diverse cultures along the way promoted an unprecedented sharing of commodities, ideas, arts, sciences and innovations.

These maps provide an overview of the Silk Road region, which stretched from Japan to the Mediterranean, though the lenses of the historical trade routes, belief systems, languages, climates and political borders. They are available as part of Along the Silk Road, a set of comprehensive curricula for middle school and secondary students, co-developed by the Silk Road Project and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (S.P.I.C.E.).

The Along the Silk Road curriculum is just one of the tools used in Silk Road Connect, our arts-integrated educational approach for middle-school students, designed to inspire passion-driven learning.


Silk Road Wall Map

The Silk Road and related trade routes

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Languages

Map of languages along the Silk Road

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Countries

Map of countries along the Silk Road

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Climates

Map of climates along the Silk Road

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Principal belief systems

Map of principal belief systems along the Silk Road

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Major Silk Road Routes

Map of major Silk Road trading routes

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“My musical journeys have reminded me that the interactions brought about by globalization don’t just destroy culture; they can create new culture and invigorate and spread traditions that have existed for ages.”
– YO-YO MA