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.


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.

Early Global Connections

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

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

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 and myths that led to enthusiasm for exploration.

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