New Map: Silk Road

I’m excited to release a new entry in the WikiMap series, depicting the major commodities and trade routes of the Silk Road c. 1200 CE.  This map was produced in cooperation with Arianne Ekinci of UNC-Chapel Hill.  As always, it is released under open license and free to use for teaching and research purposes.

Available for download at Wikimedia Commons and Imgur.

Silk Road


New Map/Infographic

After a hiatus from freelance mapping (the costs of writing a dissertation), I’m excited to release a new infographic as part of the fight to save the National Endowment for the Humanities, an organization whose support is invaluable to the historical community.  This map, shows the geographical distribution of NEH funding over the last 6 months, divided by the party of each research site’s congressional representative.  While not strictly “historical,” I hope this map can play a part in showing how the NEH is an organization that benefits all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.

View or download a high-res version of the map here:  Feel free to share widely!

New wiki maps will be available in the next few months, including a series on ancient empires designed for both history teachers and those interested in the history of western religion.

NEH infographic


October WikiMap

October’s free WikiMap is now available.  Showing the Persian Empire at its greatest extent (c. 500 BCE), it is based in part on maps in Brill’s New Pauly: Historical Atlas of the Ancient World (2010) and Bryce and Birkett-Rees’ Atlas of the Ancient Near East (2016).

View or download a high-res version of the map here.  Feel free to share widely!

As always, let me know if you have a suggestion for the next WikiMap!

Achaemenid [Converted]


August WikiMap

August’s Wikipedia map for teachers is now available below and on Wikimedia Commons.  Showing the Kingdom of England under William the Conqueror, it updates a venerable but nearly illegible map by William Shepherd (available for comparison here).

As usual, let me know if you have a suggestion for next month’s free map!

WtC [Converted]

June’s Wiki Map (plus a bonus map for fun)

June’s free map for history teachers is now available both on this site and through Wikimedia Commons.  Outlining the Mali Empire in the mid-14th century, it is a first step towards addressing the dire lack of free maps for teachers of African history.  For an archive of previous Wiki Maps, click here.

Also included this month is a map of Classical Greek-inspired city names in the 19th century United States.  Though I made this out of personal curiosity, and it’s probably too obscure for any practical use, it’s freely available if you’d like it.

Medieval Mali

Mali [Converted]

Neoclassical Toponyms

neoclassics [Converted]

New Additions to Portfolio

Just added two new maps to my portfolio–both were produced for Daniel Morgan, a history graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill.  The first is a city-plan of Medieval Todi, a small town north of Rome.  The second is a regional map centered on the same city, depicting the locations of the alleged crimes of Matteuccia de Francesco, who was executed for witchcraft in 1428.

Launching Wiki Map Series

Hi Everyone,

I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a series of free historical maps for college and high school history teachers.  Hosted both here and on Wikimedia Commons, these Wiki Maps aim to address the shortage of good, free, English-language maps in many fields of history (especially pre-modern and non-western).  Click here for an archive and more details.  May’s free map, depicting the major polities of Capetian France, is below.

Capetian France (c. 987 CE)

Capetian France [Converted]

Welcome to MossMaps

Dear Reader,

Welcome to MossMaps, your source for high-quality, IMG_1205low-cost custom maps.  My name is Gabe Moss, and I’ve been a cartographer and GIS professional since 2013, specializing in the design and production of custom maps for academic publications.

I primarily produce maps for historians and scholars in related fields, including archaeology, religious studies, and classical studies.  In addition to my freelance work, I am currently the Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I am studying for a PhD in Ancient History.

If you require a customized map for an article, a dissertation, a book, or any other scholarly endeavor, I hope you will consider MossMaps as an option.  You can see samples of my work under “Sample Maps”–I will also be posting new images to the blog.  I’ve answered some of the most common questions about commissioning a map under “FAQs”, but please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Hope to map for you soon!