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May 2002

Travel Through the Silk Road
A cultural trip down the Silk Road.


The Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington presents the Silk Road Seattle, "a collaborative public education project using the 'Silk Road' theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era (A.D.) to the Sixteenth Century."
The site has a very simple, uncluttered layout. The content is primarily text with few graphics.
Navigation through the site is easy with the left-side navigation menu. Each link in the menu provides users with an index of topics for that particular section.
Silk Road Seattle will be of interest to students, teachers, or anyone interested in this part of history. The site provides a wide variety of materials pertaining to the Eurasian culture between the Common Era and the Sixteenth Century. Among the historical resources for teaching and learning are a list of links to digitized texts online and an annotated list of teaching/learning guides. There is also a section on Cities and Architecture along the Silk Road, which includes photos and maps. The Traditional Cultures in Central Asia contains information on dwellings, food, and religion, with more to be added in the future. The virtual Art of the Silk Road displays art of the time from a variety of museum locations.


Reviewed by Hazel Jobe
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