Why and how have the mysterious Cart Ruts in Malta`s barren landscape been shaped?
I explored the Carts Ruts at the sunset in the summer in 2006. The tracks were illuminated by the sun rays. After a while some of the deepest tracks become dark because the sun rays couldn`t reach them. It felt strange walking in these tracks. It was like walking in the shadow on a barren plain.
The cart ruts are found widespread on the main island Malta and Gozo. South of Malta I found the most impressive site to explore them.
As shown on our video clip, they formed here a big traffic jam! The mysterious tracks run in pairs in various directions and criss-cross each other like railway lines. It was strange for me walking in these parallel tracks at Clapham Junction by Busket Gardens, near the Dingli Cliffs in Malta's highland. The tracks have been carved out from soft limestone rocks for over 5000 years ago.
Up to this day the cart ruts have remained an unsolved enigma to all scientists who tried to explain their purpose and function. Several hypotheses have been suggested, but no completely theory has been made and common accepted. All theories are based on assumptions and limited evidence.
Read several articles about the Cart Ruts on the global travelguide Travel Explorations.
Stein Morten Lund, 18th July 2006