Dr. Patrick Hunt has directed the Stanford University Alpine Archaeology Project since 1994. The project involves leading a team of researchers and students to the Swiss, Italian, and French Alps for various archaeological projects.
In one project, Hunt researches the history of Celtic and Roman presence in the region of the Great St Bernard Pass. In 1996 he discovered the quarry for a temple of Jupiter in the region of the pass. In 2003 he directed a team of researchers and students that discovered a hoard of Roman silver coins at an archaeological site in the Swiss Alps.
In the Hannibal Expedition 2007-2008 sponsored by National Geographic Society, Hunt will search for artifacts of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BC, during the Second Punic War. Hunt has investigated 25 alpine passes and is favouring Col de Clapier as the most likely route.
Hunt has broken all together 30 bones in accidents in alpine research; among these is a fracture of his leg in 2002 while doing lichenological research at Bourg-Saint-Pierre in the Pennine Alps, and some smaller fractures since.
In 2011, he was the expert on the Hannibal team for Spike's TV show Deadliest Warrior.
- Carravaggio (Life & Times), 2004, ISBN 978-1-904341-73-4
- Rembrandt: His Life in Art, 2006, ISBN 0-9763162-8-5
- Alpine Archaeology, 2007, ISBN 978-1-934269-00-8
- Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, 2007, ISBN 978-0-452-28877-5
- Official Website (at Stanford University Dept. of Classics)
- Personal Website
- In the Alps, hunting for Hannibal's trail. Stanford Report. May 16, 2007
- Lecture on "Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History" (Video)
- Stanford Archaeolog posting by Hunt, re: the Hannibal Expedition