Ancient Battlefield, Site of Hannibal’s First Major Victory, Discovered in Spain

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The Carthaginian general famously led his army and dozens of elephants to invade Italy

Hannibal’s celebrated feat in crossing the Alps with war elephants passed into European legend. (Wikipedia image)

(FOX NEWS) – An ancient battlefield believed to be the site of Hannibal’s first major victory has been discovered in central Spain.

The Carthaginian general famously led his army and dozens of elephants to invade Italy. His audacious trek across the Alps occurred during the second Punic War against Rome, which lasted from 218 B.C. to 201 B.C.

Before his invasion of Italy, however, Hannibal fought a number of engagements in what is now Spain. A site near Driebes in the province of Guadalajara has now been identified as the possible location of the Battle of the Tagus in 220 B.C., according to experts.

Spanish news site ABC reported that the location of the battle has long been a mystery, with a number of different locations suggested.

Now, however, archaeologists have identified a site on a pre-Roman road that crossed the river Tagus near the ancient settlement of Caraca.

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