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As a complement for all interested (Jon, Tsurugi, Origyptian, Molder, Audrey) here are some views showing what I think is a quarry system of "cutting benches" crossing "cart ruts".

01_Discovering the terrain from the parking area, north-east of Clapham Junction, looking south-west from higher portion of area, note the radar antenna dome on Dingli Cliffs edge is visible in background.


02_Better views when ruts appear more visible, downhill, main junction is behind me, lower.



03_Examples of ancient quarries on south-west side of cart ruts zone, medium and smaller size blocks.


Verdala Palace near Buskett Gardens situated north of Clapham Junction area is visible in background.

04_Little by little the impression of some criss-cross network with two sets of intersecting lines appears, not yet so clear however


05-from an aerial view, two networks of parallel lines at equal distances between them can be discerned, which are intersected at constant angles by cart ruts network. Those "cart tracks" are also parallel to each other, and will then converge or diverge after leaving the parallel lines network they have crossed. My opinion, after in situ walk is that these "lines networks" are in fact cutting benches for large slabs.


06-The first impression of walking along a linear cutting bench (on the left is the ancient but maybe more recent quarry zone seen in previous images)

Note the parallel tool marks on foreground, and the perfect levelled aspect of surface at a constant angle.

07-Discovery of parallel benches system



08-Same view with ref. lines superimposed



09-Then came the overview of visible crossing benches and ruts system, just above the cart ruts junction.
Cart ruts parallel curves are running downwards from foreground to lower junction, from right to left, and they cross linear benches that you see from left to right.


10-Same view with ref. lines on parallel linear cutting benches, then with crossing cart ruts parallel curves



11-Complete view with quarry network of cutting benches lines and cart ruts curves


My view is that it makes a clear case of ancient quarry organization. It appears that cutting benches are not deep at all and were used for cutting one depth only of large slabs of moderate thickness.

Michel Demaria (retired engineer, France)



Edited 13 time(s). Last edit at 19-Apr-20 08:41 by Mike D.

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Clapham Junction Malta 2013 Rstevens1701 16-Oct-17 15:26
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 558 Origyptian 16-Oct-17 18:45
this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 420 Racho 16-Oct-17 22:45
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 568 Tsurugi 17-Oct-17 04:55
Not carts. 442 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 07:14
Re: Not carts. 369 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:00
Re: Not carts. 342 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 20:17
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 341 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 07:28
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 343 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 08:29
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 300 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:08
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 322 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 16:56
ships on land 324 molder 17-Oct-17 22:43
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 283 molder 18-Oct-17 12:22
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 330 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 13:00
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 308 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 17:23
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 308 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 18:26
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 312 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 19:01
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 266 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:44
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 254 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:36
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 367 molder 08-Nov-17 10:34
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 227 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 05:55
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 276 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 01:53
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 239 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:47
Black Tracks 335 Barbelo 19-Oct-17 01:59
Re: Black Tracks 336 randompHactor 19-Oct-17 02:16
Re: Black Tracks 426 Barbelo 21-Oct-17 00:20
Re: Black Tracks 229 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:51
Turkey Tracks 330 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 22:51
Re: Turkey Tracks 356 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 23:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 275 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 02:03
Re: Turkey Tracks 320 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 02:07
Re: Turkey Tracks 331 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 03:00
Re: Turkey Tracks 300 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 04:22
Re: Turkey Tracks 376 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 367 Barbelo 18-Oct-17 23:54
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 283 Jon Ellison 19-Oct-17 01:03
Re: Turkey Tracks 2 276 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 19:00
Re: Turkey Tracks 216 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 04:07
Re: Turkey Tracks 237 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 05:00
Re: Turkey Tracks 262 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 18:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 267 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 19:15
Re: Turkey Tracks 234 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 19:20
Re: Turkey Tracks 244 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 20:03
Re: Turkey Tracks 266 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 20:12
Re: Turkey Tracks 329 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 20:34
Re: Turkey Tracks 270 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 21:21
Re: Turkey Tracks 260 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 22:44
Re: Turkey Tracks 237 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 22:51
Re: Turkey Tracks 399 Origyptian 07-Nov-17 22:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 258 Jon Ellison 07-Nov-17 23:52
Re: Turkey Tracks 340 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:38
Re: Turkey Tracks 301 Jon Ellison 08-Nov-17 09:58
Re: Turkey Tracks 233 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 02:40
Re: Turkey Tracks 435 Jon Ellison 09-Nov-17 08:08
Re: Turkey Tracks 324 Tsurugi 25-Nov-17 08:10
Re: Turkey Tracks 268 Mike D 26-Nov-17 16:57
Re: Turkey Tracks 221 Jon Ellison 26-Nov-17 18:08
Re: Turkey Tracks 307 Mike D 27-Nov-17 09:47
Re: Turkey Tracks 278 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:16
Re: Turkey Tracks 247 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 21:26
Re: Turkey Tracks 335 Tsurugi 08-Nov-17 08:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 246 Anonymous User 07-Nov-17 22:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 392 Mike D 25-Nov-17 13:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 259 molder 25-Nov-17 20:51
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 262 Mike D 26-Nov-17 12:46
The Diolkos 237 molder 26-Nov-17 21:36
Re: The Diolkos 229 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 292 Mike D 26-Nov-17 13:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 239 Tsurugi 27-Nov-17 09:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 255 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 269 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 11:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 297 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:27
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 251 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-17 18:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 247 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:05
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 234 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 11:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 269 Mike D 28-Nov-17 11:09
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 249 Jon Ellison 28-Nov-17 13:43
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 293 Mike D 28-Nov-17 14:55
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 202 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 16:05
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 249 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:22
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 237 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 03:16
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 353 Mike D 29-Nov-17 09:54
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 300 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 15:06
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 200 Mike D 30-Nov-17 11:25
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 232 Jon Ellison 30-Nov-17 12:41
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 204 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 13:56
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 286 Mike D 30-Nov-17 14:11
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 409 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 15:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 261 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:49
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 229 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:28
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 297 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 04:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 265 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 223 Origyptian 27-Nov-17 15:48
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 382 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 233 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 05:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 272 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 221 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:34
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 267 Mike D 29-Nov-17 18:23
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 217 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 05:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 241 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 05:09
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 244 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 274 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:18
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 558 Audrey 28-Nov-17 03:14
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 266 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:39
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 271 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 18:30
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 255 molder 28-Nov-17 21:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 501 molder 18-Nov-17 22:20
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 294 Mike D 23-Nov-17 21:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 259 Mike D 23-Nov-17 21:46
Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 266 molder 30-Nov-17 05:22
Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 302 Mike D 30-Nov-17 10:59


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