Links to on-line resources for maps
The best single source for maps on line is that provided by the University of Texas Perry-Casteñada Library Map
Collection. It includes high quality digital images of hundreds of maps from their
own collection, and a long list of links to other sites, organized by world region. In
particular, select Historical maps.
To find a current geographical location anywhere around the world, the best tool is
the National Geographic Society's
MapMachine. On the opening page of the NGS website, select MapMachine in the upper
right. Then write into the search box the name of the place you wish to find. Click to
search. A separate window will pop up giving that place name in the context of several
others in their index. You select the name, click, and a new window appears allowing
you to focus in on the relevant location on the world map. The site has features allowing
you to download, print, save and customize your map.
A selection of sites with maps specific to the Silk Road:
The International Dunhuang Project at the British
Library is displaying a superb set of maps for the Silk Road archaeological expeditions of
Sir Aurel Stein. These maps will eventually allow one to click on a location and bring up
images of the artifacts which Stein found at that particular place. One can currently bring
up high quality details of the excellent maps which Stein and his team made for the
Survey of India by clicking on any point on the map of the areas covered by the Stein
expeditions (188.8.131.52.2001/MapSearch?12114~). The focus here is the Tarim
Basin and points east.
The Silk Road Foundation has a variety of
Silk Road related maps, showing traveller routes, trade routes, etc. Click on "Maps" on
the left bar to select.
The Silkroad Project
Inc. has an innovative map of the Silk Road, where a "mouseover" enlarges
segments of the map of Eurasia as you move the cursor.
High quality Islamic History Maps.
Central Asian Maps. Several detailed maps displaying cities, regions, etc.,
provided by T. K. Mallon-McCorgray
on his valuable web site devoted to historic
The John C.
and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art at Ohio State
University has detailed maps of Gandhara, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Central Asia
(Tarim Basin), Gansu Province, and Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley.
The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, based
at the University of California, Berkeley, is developing innovative software to map
cultural information. ECAI's Silkroad Atlas
project begins to pull together some useful links, including those to maps. If you can get
it to work, check the Timeline map that is part of a Berkeley project The Near East in Late Antiquity: the