18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Abendveranstaltung mit Apéro
Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BCE
Dr. Patrick Hunt, Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project 1994-2012
Sponsored by National Geographic Society in 2007-2008, the Stanford Alpine Archaeology project has been tracking Hannibal's intrepid march in 218 BCE with an army and elephants over the Alps since 1996. We have attempted to match texts from Polybius and Livy with topography, and have hiked over 25 passes on foot in that time, crossing several many times. Spectacular vistas surround our high altitude fieldwork, with archaeological surveys and analyses mostly focusing on the potential Isere-Arc River route between Grenoble and Turin, especially considering the Col du Clapier - Savine Coche route for now but also examining other alpine pass contexts. Our teams have also covered the Hannibal route from Punic Cartagena to Sagunto to the Ebro River and over the Pyrenees and up the Rhone River valley in Gaul as well as examining Punic contexts at Carthage, Tunisia from Hannibal's time.