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“The long and storied history of the Silk Road permeates all the countries and cultures it winds through,” said Salopek. “As I traverse this vast region at boot-level, I also am reminded how much this ancient trade route built the modern world as we know it—it was the original laboratory for globalization.”
Catch up with his latest insights on the Out of Eden blog. From learning the secrets of the last traditional papermaker on the Silk Road to finding an antique hub of learning where Islamic science once bloomed in a remote Central Asian oasis, he’s uncovering a swathe of stories.