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Biography

If you were looking for Patrick Hunt as a young boy, you would have often found him high up in a favorite tree with a book. He discovered Bach as a young teenager and taught himself to play Bach's Two-Part Inventions on a rickety piano because his family could not afford music lessons.

Patrick has followed several of his life-long dreams – archaeologist, writer, composer, poet, art historian - for the last twenty-five years at Stanford University, starting as a Visiting Scholar in 1992 and teaching regularly since 1994.

The courses he has taught at Stanford accommodate his breadth of interests in the Humanities, the Arts, Ancient History and Ancient Technology as well as Archaeological Science. He has lived in London, Athens and Jerusalem, as well as annual time spent in Switzerland, France, Italy every year since 1994. Among many other countries, he has also conducted archaeological research in Spain and North Africa (Egypt and Tunisia) and in Peru on Inca sites and on Olmec, Maya and Aztec cultures in Central America.

Working in AlpsPatrick directed Stanford's Alpine Archaeology Project between 1994-2012, continuing as the Hannibal Expedition for the National Geographic Society. This project conducts high altitude research in alpine passes between Switzerland, Italy and France. In 1996 he found the 9000 ft. high quarry for the Temple of Jupiter in the Fenetre de Ferret pass adjacent to the Great St. Bernard Pass and directed a team that found a Roman silver coin hoard in the Swiss Alps in 2003.

One of his primary research interests has been to track Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BCE. Annually between 1996 and 2014, Patrick led Stanford teams across at least 25 Alpine passes in search of topographic clues matching the texts of Polybius and Livy who wrote about Hannibal nearly two millennia ago. His book on Hannibal will be released July 2017.

Patrick has been an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1989, named by the Biblical Archaeology Society to WHO'S WHO IN BIBLICAL STUDIES AND ARCHAEOLOGY (1993). He has served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America's Stanford Society since 1995.

 


 

Click here for a copy of Dr. Hunt's CV (.pdf)