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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
Digital Silk Road Project
The Silk Road Atlas
Silkroad Foundation

Journal of Social History
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)
Traveling the Silk Road (AMNH)
Silk Route Museum (Gansu)

Silk Road Studies
Tang Center for Silk Road Studies
Silk road resources (KU)

Mongols, China, and the silk road

Articles on Silk Road (The Conversation)

Art and Culture
Silk Road Dance Company


Silk Road Trade & Travel Encyclopedia

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