> I'm skeptical about their hypothesis. How likely
> is it that the towing animal would be so precise
> to follow exactly the same path and not deviate
> more on the road. It's hard to believe that such a
> cart wouldn't leave tracks are much broader over
> the years of wear and tear along the road. Note
> the absence of any trough between the track
> marks that would indicate wear created by the
> animal that towed the cart. At least in some cases
> we would expect to see an animal trough that's
> deeper than the "wheel tracks" since the animal
> hoof could impose a larger psi.
It's not as if the route is constrained as in a roadway/street with buildings or walls or vegetation either side forcing route repetition. Not the shortest route between two points either, often referred to as a "Desire Path".
Wheeled cart ruts in stone require considerable constrained traffic flow over the exact same spot in order to even begin to establish a rut.
The "signature" is of a single or at least very few passes in soft material, which would explain the turnouts and crossovers. Problem being, it's not soft material..
So how does soft material get to be hard material and how long does that take?
As you say no hoof marks or indents, draft animals, usually being hoofed leave deep marks in soft stuff.
To me, they look more like drag marks in soft stuff rather than wheel ruts???
Clapham Junction in Malta is a small area where the top soil has been removed, the ruts appear to continue on into the surrounding areas. The rut field in Turkey, is as I understand it far more exposed and extensive.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 18-Oct-17 19:16 by Jon Ellison.