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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 1860 Rstevens1701 16-Oct-17 15:26
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 498 Origyptian 16-Oct-17 18:45
this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 377 Racho 16-Oct-17 22:45
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 451 Tsurugi 17-Oct-17 04:55
Not carts. 376 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 07:14
Re: Not carts. 298 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:00
Re: Not carts. 278 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 20:17
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 302 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 07:28
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 290 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 08:29
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 262 Origyptian 17-Oct-17 15:08
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 274 Jon Ellison 17-Oct-17 16:56
ships on land 270 molder 17-Oct-17 22:43
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 230 molder 18-Oct-17 12:22
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 277 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 13:00
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 246 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 17:23
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 252 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 18:26
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 268 Jon Ellison 18-Oct-17 19:01
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 213 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:44
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 204 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 05:36
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 330 molder 08-Nov-17 10:34
Re: ships on land thousands of slaves dug tracks at corinth 190 Tsurugi 09-Nov-17 05:55
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 237 Origyptian 18-Oct-17 01:53
Re: this is at odds with Newearth/Russian scientist findings/conclusions 179 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:47
Black Tracks 262 Barbelo 19-Oct-17 01:59
Re: Black Tracks 280 randompHactor 19-Oct-17 02:16
Re: Black Tracks 333 Barbelo 21-Oct-17 00:20
Re: Black Tracks 192 Tsurugi 07-Nov-17 03:51
Turkey Tracks 289 Barbelo 17-Oct-17 22:51
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Re: Turkey Tracks 194 Barbelo 07-Nov-17 21:26
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 204 Anonymous User 07-Nov-17 22:07
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 319 Mike D 25-Nov-17 13:44
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 219 molder 25-Nov-17 20:51
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 194 Mike D 26-Nov-17 12:46
The Diolkos 189 molder 26-Nov-17 21:36
Re: The Diolkos 193 Mike D 27-Nov-17 10:03
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 234 Mike D 26-Nov-17 13:15
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 203 Tsurugi 27-Nov-17 09:40
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 199 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 03:16
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 213 Origyptian 29-Nov-17 15:06
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 146 Mike D 30-Nov-17 11:25
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 332 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 15:32
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 181 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:49
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 186 Mike D 28-Nov-17 18:28
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 210 Tsurugi 28-Nov-17 04:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 214 Mike D 28-Nov-17 10:46
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 185 Origyptian 27-Nov-17 15:48
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 321 Mike D 27-Nov-17 16:40
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 175 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 05:35
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 201 Mike D 28-Nov-17 09:50
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 168 Origyptian 28-Nov-17 15:34
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 220 Mike D 29-Nov-17 18:23
Re: Clapham Junction Malta 180 Origyptian 30-Nov-17 05:15
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Re: Clapham Junction Malta 207 molder 28-Nov-17 21:35
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Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 186 molder 30-Nov-17 05:22
Re: Chariot Tracks on The Streets of Pompeii 259 Mike D 30-Nov-17 10:59


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