D is for Dirt

China - Silk Road Map
Graphic courtesy of Patrick Gray.

This is the 4th post in my April A to Z Challenge topic on the Silk Road.

Roads all start out with dirt, and though many dispute that the Silk Road was even a road–some saying it was more of a “Silk Route” than an actual road–still, the route was across land and land means dirt. 

So what kind of land are we talking about?

There were two routes going from either direction. Although one of the main thrusts originally was to move goods from China westward, there were also goods moving across from Greece and the Levant to Arabia in the ancient Persian and Mesopotamian days. Since there were camels (letter “C”), there were several deserts and as the maps remind us, there were plenty of mountains too. 

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