"QUEEN’S DUNG BOFFINS GET TO BOTTOM OF HANNIBAL ALPS RIDDLE IN PIECE OF 2000-YEAR-OLD POO".
Battlefield archeology the type of activity which the British eccentrics are famous for. Boffins what they are called [scientists with an arcane and esoteric specialty] their analysis of bacteria used to determine the route as used by Hannibal Barca and his army during their famous march through the Alps.
"poo - - noun, Informal. 1. excrement."
"How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?"
"He pulled off one of the greatest military feats ever. Now new scientific evidence points to Hannibal’s legendary route to Rome"
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Further, as to Hannibal the man also an inspired leader of the most profound sort. Grand strategist, strategist, tactician, leader, and combat fighter of the most amazing sort!!
“'Hannibal wasn’t just a brilliant strategist and military tactician,' . . . 'He understood the complexity of human behavior, that command involved more than giving orders and intimidating men to follow him—it involved compromise and shrewd leadership. He impressed the enemy with his courage and daring and swordplay, fighting on the front lines, wading into the thick of battle.'"
Image courtesy of Margaret Kimball. What exact route did the army of Hannibal take? Various authorities offer various explanations, primarily relying upon the accounts of the ancients. Click on image to see a larger view.