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Clapham Junction / Cart Ruts

Do you know? The mystery of Maltese history.

Archaeologists assume that these slots were created 2000 BC after settlers from Sicily came to Malta.

The slots are 60 centimeters deep and have an average distance from each other of 110 to 140 centimeters.

The tracks of Cart ruts can be found in various places on the island of Malta at St Paul's Bay, Naxxar, Busewdien, Bidnija, San Gwann and the most beautiful tracks can be found in Siġġiewi near the Dingli cliffs and on Gozo on the Ta 'Ċenċ- plateau, Sannat.

There are many who have thought about the origin of these tracks, but most think that the tracks were caused by carts.

Professor Mottershead of the University of Portsmouth said: "The underlying rock in Malta is weak and when wet, the rock loses about 80 percent of its power."

The carts would first have made tracks in the ground, but when they eroded, the cartwheels ran directly onto the bottom, making it easier for other carts to follow the same tracks.

Maltese archaeologist Anthony Bonanno thinks the tracks were made by the Phoenicians (7th century BC).

The Nickname "Clapham Junction" was given by an Englishman who said the tracks reminded him of the busy Clapham Junction train station in London.
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