Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
We don’t generally like to just pull stories from other websites, but it’s hard not to quote those writers, paid professionals who are better than us and with such a wonderfully rich story to tell. Ever since Hannibal led his army across the Alps, with war elephants in tow, its ben archeologists who have been trying to figure out the exact route. Tracing an armies footsteps from 2,000 years ago might seem impossible other than the obvious fact that something that big, is probably going to leave something behind and that high up, well, cold enough to maybe preserve something?
Popular Science wrote up a great article on all that was left behind (pun intended), seems that Hannibal’s army left a trail of poop – “Solid evidence in the form of ancient dung microbes, has led Microbiologists to believe that the crossing occurred in the Col de la Traversette pass between France and Italy. The findings, published this week in the journal Archaeometry, may have finally settled this long standing puzzle of history.”
“Microbiologists Bill Mahaney of York University Toronto and Chris Allen of Queens University Belfast, led an international team of researchers who took to the soil of the Col de la Traversette pass. There, among other faecal biomarkers, they found high amounts of Clostridia, a microbial group that makes up 70 percent of all the microbes present in horse manure. These manure loving microbes were dated to precisely the same time of Hannibal’s invasion of Rome, approximately 2,168 years ago. The microbes “Are very stable in soil—surviving for thousands of years,” said Allen in a statement.”
So, how cool is that? You should read the whole of the Popular Science article, its good reading.