13th Century traveler on horseback

Story Map of the early thirteenth-century travels of Yelu Chucai and Wugusun Zhongduan from north China to Central Asia in Chinggis Khan's Mongol empire.

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A digital project for the study of Syriac literature, culture, and history. exists to document and preserve Syriac cultural heritages for use by a wide audience including researchers and students, members of Syriac heritage communities and the interested general public.

Virtual Placencia

Virtual Plasencia V1.0 is a 3D visualization depicting the relationships between Jews, Catholics, and Muslims in medieval Spain.

North of Byzantium

North of Byzantium (NoB) explores the history, art, and culture of the northern frontiers of the Byzantine Empire in Eastern Europe between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Prester John

A visual interactive journey across 600 years and three continents.

Digital annotated translation of an early 13th-century Chinese ethnographic and geographical description of more than sixty countries, stretching from Japan to the Almohad Caliphate.

Follow the voyage of the Venetian traveller Marco Polo as it is depicted in his 13th century La Description du monde. 

Early Global Connections

Early Global Connections in East Africa connecting Asia, India, Middle East and Europe.

A multidisciplinary portal for researching the Second Plague Pandemic, the 500-year dissemination of plague that caused the mid-14th century Black Death as well as innumerable plague outbreaks across Eurasia and Africa.

Shell Cup from Peabody Museum, Cambridge, MA

This project explores the historical connections between North America’s Woodland peoples and Mesoamericans.

Global Ivory

 Ivory—all aspects of the material—its identification, origin and manufacture, how it traveled across the world, and its importance culturally as well as economically c500-1500CE

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Tang dynasty shipwreck off Belitung Island replete with precious objects shows vibrancy of 9th century trade.

A shard recovered from a 13th century shipwreck at Temasik

The nature, activities and history of Temasik, a port-polity that existed on the southern coast of Singapore Island and the Malay Peninsula, during the late 13th to early 17th century.

Egyptian Evil Eye

The shared material culture of fear and protection summoned by believers across their intersecting medieval spaces via the Evil Eye.


Exploration of Jerusalem and its architecture within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures.