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"It seems to me that carved tracks were not unique to Malta."

Your example is a bit different because Greeks and romans built and used robust paved roads designed to sustain heavy and frequent passages. But anyway, this pavement shows clear wearing traces, so what?

Hereunder are examples on two linked questions:
1-Were the widths of carts and roads standardized accordingly
Your photo answers "yes".
2-Were there, in cases of difficult passage, traces of man-dug ruts to guide wheels in order to prevent slipping sideways?
Here again the answer seems to be yes.

So both answers to wheels traces on pavements are true: Many are worn by repeated passages of cart wheels with standard gauge, and there were cases when some difficult passages imposed to carve ruts to guide wheels.

In addition, there is a debate as to know if roman gauge standardization led to modern industrial railway gauge through the long story of medieval and pre-industrial transportation activities. It is another story.

subject="Ancient roads of the Romans, not readable graphics on site but useful informations"
http://www.reocities.com/Athens/academy/5769/
subject=standard-railroad-gauge-48-determined-by-roman-chariot-ruts
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Michel Demaria (retired engineer, France)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30-Nov-17 11:01 by Mike D.

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Clapham Junction Malta 1825 Rstevens1701 16-Oct-17 15:26
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 467 Origyptian 16-Oct-17 18:45
this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 360 Racho 16-Oct-17 22:45
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 439 Tsurugi 17-Oct-17 04:55
Not carts. 364 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 07:14
Re: Not carts. 286 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:00
Re: Not carts. 265 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 20:17
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 284 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 07:28
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 275 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 08:29
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 253 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:08
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 264 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 16:56
ships on land 259 molder 17-Oct-17 22:43
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 219 molder 18-Oct-17 12:22
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 267 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 13:00
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 237 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 17:23
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 243 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 18:26
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 257 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 19:01
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 202 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:44
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 191 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:36
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 322 molder 08-Nov-17 10:34
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 181 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 05:55
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 226 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 01:53
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 165 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:47
Black Tracks 250 Barbelo 19-Oct-17 01:59
Re: Black Tracks 270 randompHactor 19-Oct-17 02:16
Re: Black Tracks 322 Barbelo 21-Oct-17 00:20
Re: Black Tracks 184 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:51
Turkey Tracks 268 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 22:51
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Re: Turkey Tracks 194 Mike D 26-Nov-17 16:57
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Re: Turkey Tracks 185 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 21:26
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 187 Anonymous User 07-Nov-17 22:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 302 Mike D 25-Nov-17 13:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 210 molder 25-Nov-17 20:51
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 183 Mike D 26-Nov-17 12:46
The Diolkos 178 molder 26-Nov-17 21:36
Re: The Diolkos 183 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 216 Mike D 26-Nov-17 13:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 187 Tsurugi 27-Nov-17 09:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 189 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:40
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 191 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 03:16
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 203 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 15:06
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 135 Mike D 30-Nov-17 11:25
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 157 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 13:56
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 211 Mike D 30-Nov-17 14:11
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 320 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 15:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 169 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:49
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 171 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:28
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 195 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 04:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 203 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 172 Origyptian 27-Nov-17 15:48
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 296 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 164 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 05:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 189 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 156 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:34
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 206 Mike D 29-Nov-17 18:23
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 171 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 05:15
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 404 Audrey 28-Nov-17 03:14
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 191 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:39
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 189 molder 28-Nov-17 21:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 406 molder 18-Nov-17 22:20
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 211 Mike D 23-Nov-17 21:35
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Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 164 molder 30-Nov-17 05:22
Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 250 Mike D 30-Nov-17 10:59


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