This 4 x 3.5m large, walkable topographical overview map creates the cartographic centerpiece of the exhibition. The illustrated geographical space covers the bulk of the discussed contents in the exhibition. The map also represents a linking part between the various showcases.
It shows important historical places as well as the most important regions at that time (2nd half of the 1st millenium AD). How these regions and places are linked with each other shows a selection of recorded historical trade routes. The people often had to cross altitudes over 3000m on their travels.
The current national boundaries in addition to the at present disputed boundaries between Pakisten, India and China plus the today’s capitals offer a better orientation und lead over to modern times. The capitals are either also historically important (e.g. Kabul) or just modern places (e.g. New Delhi). In addition to that the hydrography (important rivers and lakes), the great mountain ranges and a 2° grid are present for further orientation.
The terrain is displayed using a combined hillshade und a representative selection of colours. This shall create a preferably plastic impression of the central asian region that is embossed by high mountains.