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Tracing Hannibal's route through the Alps

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  • minnesotastan
    This obviously has nothing to do with waterways, but may be of interest re tracking ancient pathways and activity. Some geoscientists are proposing that the
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 20, 2008
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      This obviously has nothing to do with "waterways," but may be of
      interest re tracking ancient pathways and activity.

      Some geoscientists are proposing that the route Hannibal used to march
      his elephants over the Alps can be traced by looking for
      fire-fractured rock:

      "One of the many clues in the ancient literature that can help answer
      this question is the mention of fired rock, the result of a
      conflagration Hannibal is reputed to have employed to reduce the size
      of boulders in a blocking rockslide some distance down from the high
      col on the Italian side. The only route with evidence of fired rock
      along the roadway leading into Italia follows the Col du Clapier, one
      of the possible northern routes discussed by historians..."

      More at this link:

      http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/116310343/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

      Merry Christmas holidays to all Ancient Waterways members!

      Stan
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