> Hello Jon,
> Quoting you at first: "In Malta and Turkey
> among others, we may be just seeing localised
> areas where nature has fortuitously revealed the
> tracks for us to observe today."
> It is clear that among various parameters to
> discuss concerning real ancient history, geology
> and paleo-climates are key.
> In the case of Malta, the problem with your
> assumption is that 90% of cart ruts are located on
> Coralline limestone layer, which is youger and
> harder whereas there are only a few onto
> Globigerina limestone layer, which is older and
> softer than Coralline. In Globigerina limestone
> areas, there are quite no cart ruts.
> Why? I don't know. If I knew I could publish a
> best-seller book! :)
> Indeed, we have no clear answer to the malta Cart
> Ruts riddle yet, but I think that Malta local
> reality contradicts your claim, even partially.
> And in the case of "Clapham Junction", a site that
> I personnaly saw, it is unlikely to be a place
> "where nature has fortuitously revealed the
> tracks for us to observe today", because it is
> and clearly was a very old quarry, where I
> observed rows of man-made parallel cut benches
> that parallel cart ruts all crossed at a constant
> angle. An obvious example of "pre-industrial"
> production organization.
> Please compare malta geological map with cart ruts
> distribution map hereunder:
> 20291,1124753#msg-1124753]Current topic, Mike D's
> answer to Harry Wolf, 25th November[/url]
Sorry, I meant through the localised removal of topsoil revealing the tracks in the bedrock.