Col de Clapier
|Col de Clapier|
Col de Clapier, Turin visible at upper left
|Elevation||2,491 m (8,173 ft)|
Col de Clapier (French Col du Clapier, Italian Colle Clapier) is a 2,491 m (8,173 ft) high mountain pass over the mountain massif Mont Cenis in the Cottian Alps and Graian Alps between Savoy in France and Piemont in Italy. The bridle path goes from Bramans (1220 m) to Susa (503 m). There is no firm road.
From 2004-2008, Patrick Hunt, a scholar from the Stanford University (USA), has led numerous archaeological expeditions through the Col du Clapier to research the possibility and likelihood of Hannibal using this pass to traverse the Alps with his army. Hunt's research has involved topographical surveys, soil and rock sampling, exploration of the Col du Clapier's various modern and historic routes, and comparisons of Polybius' and Livy's accounts of Hannibal's passage to the regional and local geography. See Hannibal in the Alps: Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project 1994-2006.