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Song Dynasty, "Song Dynasty Silk Robes"

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Song Dynasty, "Song Dynasty Silk Robes", Kahn Academy, approx 1130 CE

Chinese silk, like that made during the Northern Song Dynasty, was one of the many luxury goods traded along the Silk Roads networks. Luxury goods…

Estrid Sigfastsdotter, Runestone of Osten Sigfastsdotter

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Estrid Sigfastsdotter, Runestone of Osten Sigfastsdotter, Princeton University Press, Eleventh Century CE

A runestone describing the death of OstenSigfastsdotter while on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Illustrates the breadth of travel experience for people at…

Kai Ka'us, Slavs and Russians as slaves

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Kai Ka'us, Slavs and Russians as slaves, Bloomington: Indian University Press, 1082-83 CE

This passage from "A Different Mirror for Princes" was written by Kai Ka'us in 1082-83. Meant to be a guide to his son and successor, Gilan Shah, the…

Masudi, Masudi: "On a Viking Raid on the Caspian"

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Masudi, Masudi: "On a Viking Raid on the Caspian", London: Penguin Publishers, 911 CE

Masudi was a Baghdad born Arab traveler in the tenth century CE. This excerpt is taken from his universal history entitled "The Meadows of Gold and…

Ibrahim ibn-Yaqub al-Israili al-Turtushi, "Ibrahim ibn-Yaqub on Northern Europe"

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Ibrahim ibn-Yaqub al-Israili al-Turtushi, "Ibrahim ibn-Yaqub on Northern Europe", London: Penguin Publishers, 965 CE.

Ibrahim ibn-Yaqub al-Israili al-Turtushi was a Jewish merchant from Tortosa, Spain, who traveled in Northern Europe in about 965 CE. His primary…

Muqaddasi, "Muqaddisi on Exports from Bulghar"

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Muqaddasi, "Muqaddisi on Exports from Bulghar", London: Penguin Publishers, 985-990 CE

This passage, describes the trade goods exported from Khwarazm, on the coast of the Aral Sea. While some of the items originated in the area…

unknown, Monks on the Silk Road

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unknown, Monks on the Silk Road, Chinese Social Sciences Today, approx 960-1127 CE

In the Song Dynasty, monks, nomadic peoples, merchants and traders traveled the Silk Roads networks exchanging goods and ideas.

City of Nuremberg, Constantinople

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City of Nuremberg, Constantinople, Beloit College, approx. 1460 CE

This image, Constantinople as represented in c. 1460 CE, was included in the Nuremberg Chronicle, a document of the history of the medieval world as…

Gokstad Ship

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Gokstad Ship, University of Oslo: Museum of Cultural History

Grave ship found in a grave in southern Sweden. This ship is the best preserved of the hundreds of Viking grave ships found. Viking kings and…

Sharif al-Zaman Tahir Marwazi, Sharif al-Zaman Tahir Marwazi on the Rus

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Sharif al-Zaman Tahir Marwazi, Sharif al-Zaman Tahir Marwazi on the Rus, London: Penguin Publishers, 1130 CE

Sharif al-Zaman Tahir Marwazi was a physician to the Seljuk sultanate from 1073-1130 CE. This passage is taken from his "Nature of Animals"

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