History Goes On

The Baltic Crusades: Their Environmental and Cultural Impact

An ArcGIS Story Map

Dr Aleks Pluskowski

University of Reading


This ArcGIS Story Map summarises the background to and outcomes of the “Ecology of Crusading” project with the striking visuals of photographer Magnus Elander. The project, funded by the European Research Council and directed by Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading) explored the environmental impact of the Baltic Crusades, bringing together the largest dataset on this topic to date.


Aleks Pluskowski is Associate Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Reading, UK. His research focuses on human impact on past environments, particularly in the frontier societies of medieval Europe. He was PI on the Ecology of Crusading project, funded by the ERC, and is now the principal PI on the Landscapes of (Re)Conquest project, funded by the AHRC. He teaches the archaeology of crusading, alongside the archaeology of medieval Europe and zooarchaeology.

How to access the Story Map:

Click here: https://arcg.is/0r85PX