Monday, October 1, 2007

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps?

Stanford's history podcast (see Stanford on iTunes U) has a great lecture by Patrick Hunt about his quest for finding the exact route Hannibal took across the Alps. In 218 BCE Hannibal evaded a Roman force marching from the Mediterranean coast by turning inland up the valley of the Rhône. His exact route over the Alps has been the source of scholarly dispute ever since ancient times. Since 1994, the Stanford Alpine Archeology Project has explored, excavated and conducted first-hand archaeological research in the Alps.

By now, Patrick Hunt has a pretty good idea where the exact passage might have been. Such a large army passing will certainly have left their traces and he is intent, with the help of national Geographic, to try and prove his theories. The lecture is a very exciting account how he got to his conclusions. The only barriers between now and the moment of either corroboration or refutation are bureaucratic. An archaeologist can't take a grain of sand without permits. So far he has worked with survey permits, the next step is to be able to take samples and start digging.

46 podcasts reviewed

UPDATE: we now have 249 podcasts reviewed. (link)

In alphabetical order all podcasts I reviewed,last post date and relevant labels:
  1. 12 Byzantine Rulers, 30-09-07, history podcast
  2. Bike Radar, 16-07-07, tour
  3. Bio-ethics podcast, 24-09-07, science, law and society
  4. Biota Podcast, 24-06-07, science
  5. Bommel Hoorspel, 01-07-07, NL radio
  6. British History 101, 01-06-07, history podcast
  7. CFR Podcast, 03-08-07, law and society
  8. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, 11-09-07, history podcast
  9. David Kalivas' World History, 24-05-07, history podcast
  10. From our own Correspondent, 24-07-07, BBC
  11. Haring Podcast, 31-05-07, NL radio
  12. History 167B, 03-Sep-07, Berkeley history podcast
  13. History 4A, 03-Sep-07, Berkeley history podcast
  14. History 5, 03-09-07, Berkeley history podcast
  15. History according to Bob, 25-06-07, history podcast
  16. History Network, 22-07-07, history podcast
  17. In Our Time, 30-09-07, In Our Time BBC (science) history podcast
  18. Interview Vrijdag, 12-07-07, NL radio
  19. ITV, 16-07-07, tour
  20. Jung Podcast, 27-06-07, psychology
  21. KMTT, 02-07-2007, יהדות
  22. Marathon Interview, 30-09-07, NL radio
  23. Matt's Today In History, 26-07-07, history podcast
  24. Military History Podcast, 27-06-07, history podcast
  25. National Archives Podcast, 29-05-07, history podcast
  26. Only in America, 24-05-07, history podcast יהדות
  27. OVT, 20-09-07, history podcast NL radio
  28. Oy Mendele!, 30-06-07, יהדות
  29. Physics for future Presidents (Descriptive Physics), 09-07-07, Berkeley science
  30. Philosophy 103, 28-06-07
  31. Prosperity show, 01-08-07
  32. Rav Dovid's, 02-07-07, יהדות
  33. rpgmp3, 21-06-07
  34. the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, 06-09-07, SGU science
  35. Šimek 's Nachts, 12-09-07, simek NL radio
  36. Sonic Society, 23-09-07, creative writing
  37. Shrink Rap Radio, 25-09-07, shrinkrapradio psychology
  38. Stanford U, 20-09-07, history podcast
  39. TdF London, 27-06-07, tour
  40. The Word Nerds, 16-09-07, TWN language
  41. University Channel Podcast, 24-09-07, science
  42. Volkskrant Podcasts, 25-07-07, tour
  43. Wise Counsel, 20-09-07, Wise Counsel psychology
  44. the Writing Show, 23-09-07, Writing Show language
  45. Wynyfryd's meditation room, 24-07-07
  46. zencast, 02-07-07
If you know of interesting podcasts that you think should be reviewed, pleas let me know through the comments page.
Thanks in advance,
Anne Frid de Vries