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There are a lot of resources available for silk road enthusiasts! Following are some links to different organizations, websites and other tools related to history and archeology of the silk roads.

Research and resources
International Dunhuang Project
The Silk Road Atlas (ECAI)
Digital Silk Road Project
Sino-Platonic Papers
Silkroad Foundation

Golden Horde Review
Journal of Social History
The Silk Road Foundation Journal
The journal of the Silk Road House
China and the World- Ancient and Modern Silk Road

Museum Exhibits and Collections 
Art of the Silk Road (Washington University)
Buried Treasures of the Silk Road (Bruce museum)
Secrets of the Silk Road (Penn Museum)
China and the Silk Road (Smithsonian)
Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires
Traveling the Silk Road (AMNH)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Silk Route Museum (Gansu)
Dunhuang Academy

Silk Road Studies
Critical Silk Road Studies (Georgetown University)
Tang Center for Silk Road Studies
Silk road resources (KU)

Mongols, China, and the silk road

Articles on Silk Road (The Conversation)
The Silk Road Gallery (British library)
In the Footsteps of Marco Polo
Silk Road Database (Yale)

Art and Culture
Silk Road Dance Company
Silk Road Chicago
Silk Road Cultures
Silk Road House

Organizations and Associations
Big History Institute
Silk Road Association
University Alliance of the Silk Road
Silk Road International Museum Alliance
Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies

(Not endorsing any of these travel companies)
Silk Road Treasure Tours
UNESCO World Heritag Silk Road Sites
Travelers on the Silk Road before the year 1000 AD

Silk Road Chronology
Silk Road Trade & Travel Encyclopedia

Silk Road Seattle
Silk Road Futures
Silk Road (Asia Society)
Kitaro - Silk Road (music)
Map of Central Asia/the Silk Road
Silk Road Links (Kenyon College)
The Silk Road - Materials for an e-History

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