Can ancient events be verified with modern technology?  Caesar’s Gallic Wars recounts that more than a quarter of a million Helvetii resided in the Swiss  Plateau.  Running low on food, the Helvetii, according to his memoir, invaded Gaul in 58 BCE.  Now, researchers are using GIS to test the veracity of those accounts.

An Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Tom Whitley is developing a GIS that tests population estimates and patterns of migration and war to see how the historical aspects known about the Gallic Wars measures up to geophysical evidence.

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