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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.

Prester John

A visual interactive journey across 600 years and three continents.

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.

Discoveries of the Americas

A digital portal for visitors to explore pre-modern cultures and their technologies, as well as the myths that led to enthusiasm for exploration.

 A multi-disciplinary project that seeks to reconstruct 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 thirteenth to early seventeenth century.



Egyptian Evil Eye

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

Open spread folio 36v and 37r The Queen of Sheba

This project highlights our methodology of “mapping” at the Getty: the ways in which manuscripts allow us to chart pathways of knowledge and networks of trade; the possibility of finding early globalisms through loan objects from local and international institutions; the curatorial challenge of presenting inclusive and global views of the past within a non-encyclopedic museum.


This project aims to offer ways of mapping the Mongol empire that highlight its role in generating inter-ecumenical travel and writing, as well as in developing new ways of visualizing its structures that do not depend on mapping conventions developed in succeeding nation states, particularly China and Russia.


Images of monsters taken from European and Chinese manuscripts

Monsters of the Global Middle Ages seeks contributions considering monsters and monstrous figures from throughout the medieval globe, especially those that set monsters of one region or culture in conversation with monsters of another.