Dear Reader,

Historians and archeologists have been able to piece together much of ancient history through scientific analysis and deduction.   As simple technology became available such as was used to reconstruct the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD —  archeologists used plaster to create statues of the people trapped in the eruption[2].  In spite of the fact that we have solved many mysteries, some still remain such as the age of the Pyramids and the Sphynx.   Now, due to the ability to simulate medieval warfare on modern supercomputers, we may be able to unravel such dilemma as how the Turks managed to marshall armies and how the Byzantines rallied the huge forces recorded in history that were present at the decisive battle of Manzikert. [1]

Notes:

1.  http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/26595/?p1=A4

2. http://www.isgtw.org/sites/default/files/img_2011/Medieval%20Military%20Logistics.pdf

3.  http://www.alpg.bham.ac.uk/media/phil.shtml

4.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii

5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanos_IV_Diogenes

6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manzikert

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