Cart Ruts Malta

clapham junction malta guide cart rutsCart Ruts Malta – the islands of Malta and Gozo are the most famous location of these mysterious and ancient paired grooves in the rock (also known as Cart Tracks).

turkish cart ruts tracks Phrygia Valley TurkeyThere are more Cart Ruts being discovered in other countries in Europe and America.

malta clapham junction cart ruts temple builders transport malteseThe most popular area in Malta for them is Clapham Junction (Misrah Ghar il-Kbir as it is known by the Maltese) due to the high number in total, multiple pairs beside each other for some unknown reason and that they even intersect each other in crazy spaghetti junctions.

What are the Cart Ruts?

clapham junction cart ruts malta Phoenician chariots pathways roads romans greeks What are the Cart Ruts? These are deep ruts, rilles, tracks, grooves, channels left in Malta’s limestone but in such numbers, variety and confusion that they leave more questions than answers.

naxxar cart ruts maltaThey are located all over the islands of Malta and Gozo and were even said to have been found on the small island of Fifla!

If they were created and used by some form of vehicle then how did they move along some of these when the pairs of ruts are nearly a meter deep?

Why? Cart Ruts mystery

Dwejra cart ruts Gozo Malta tracks Azure Window inland sea San LawrenzWhy do the Cart Ruts on the islands of Malta and Gozo lead straight off high cliffs and isolated headlands?

Why are some of them found leading into the sea and on the seabed floor?

ghar zerriegha cart ruts malta gozo zerrieq mtahleb Ta BalduWhy do the Malta Cart Tracks areas have curious geology like the Clapham Junction Triangle?

If these apparant ancient green roads and tracks were man made then for what purpose? Why were the Cart Ruts created?

Where in Malta and the world?

turkey cart tracks Koltypin transport roads ancient ruts malta There are also other Cart Ruts locations around the world, with the internet helping othes be ‘discovered’ or brought to peoples attention. These can be similarly confusing and chaotic but some of them seem to have more substantial evidence that they were man made.

How were Malta’s Cart Ruts created?

san gwann cart tracks ruts malta islands How were Cart Ruts in Malta formed? Were they made by vehicles like wooden sleds or wheeled carts? Are they natural? Were they created for or by aliens/UFO’s? There are no records or mythology left by those who were around when these meandering paired tracks were created.

Who made the Cart Ruts?

Syracuse Siracusa Siracuse Sicily cart ruts tracks chariot Greek amphitheater roman greatWho made the Cart Ruts? Was it the Maltese Temple Builders, Romans, Phoenicians, Malta’s Bronze Age people or other original Maltese civilisation and people?

How old are Malta’s Cart Tracks and those in other countries?

Clapham Junction Cart Ruts site guide East How old are the Maltese Cart Ruts?

When were the Cart Tracks started and used? When were other countries Cart Ruts sites developed?

Cart Ruts Malta site

cart ruts malta gozo man made evidence tracks formatiion construction created formed This site investigates the Cart Ruts mysteries and has unique photo guides to the main Maltese Cart Ruts sites, with more being added.

Visit the Cart Ruts Blog for a list of all the posts about Malta and Gozo’s Cart Tracks and also those that are found around the rest of the planet.

Cart Ruts mysteries and evidence?

St Georges Bay malta underwater Cart Ruts Tracks
With Maltese Cart Ruts going off high cliff tops, Cart Ruts located on the sea floor, Cart Tracks in mass numbers intersecting each other in total chaos as seen at Clapham Junction and San Gwann Junction.

Even the Ghar Zerriegha site that appears to show defining evidence that the Malta Cart Ruts were man made is perhaps not so 100% conclusive when you consider about what is in the area and if these were formed at the same time or for the same reason.

Photo guides to Malta’s Cart Rut sites

Below are some of the unique photograph guides and investigations to the site on Malta and Gozo. These are the main sites. For a full list of our Malta photo guides click here or for those in other countries click here.

Clapham Junction

Clapham Junction Maltaclapham junction malta guide cart ruts – most famous Cart Ruts site of the island of Malta and the largest number of Cart Tracks.

Puzzling geology with perfect natural triangles and Tetris Rocks


Naxxar Gap

Naxxar Gap Cart Rutsnaxxar cart ruts malta Naxxar Gap Cart Ruts – Cart Tracks curving down the Great Fault escarpment in sweeping curves.

If the Cart Ruts went down, how and where did they come up the Great Fault Line?


Ghar Zerriegha

ghar zerriegha cart ruts malta gozo zerrieq mtahleb Ta Baldu Ghar Zerriegha Cart Tracks – Cart Ruts going off a Cliff? Where did they lead to?

Man made evidence with steps in the middle of the Cart Ruts?

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  • Joseph Lia

    This is all rubbish about cart-ruts. I have enough proof that cart-ruts have
    been used in malta up to about 103 years ago (with the last one maybe even less indeed). I am sure that I can obtain the names of the operators of the last Maltese cart-ruts in use……..

    I intend to make a documentary film at my first convenience with
    references as well about
    them showing the actual
    functions of cart-ruts

    Cart-ruts were neither made by allies, non natural and has been used for thousands of years in many part of the world.

    Whoever want to contact me about cart-ruts telephone me on (00356) 21419380
    or email adress

    I hope that I will not be prosecuted for giving this
    information as once I was even going to be prosecuted for having been about to start speaking about cart-ruts.

    • Danny

      Oh Hello,
      can you give me a short Explanation of these tracks?
      i see this and i say to me: they have absolute no function…what´s the idea behind it?

      • electrobleme

        Hello Danny,

        No one knows. They are different for each location. Also. there are no records or mythology about them in Malta.

        Popular guesses are for transportation or water irrigation but then you get sites like clapham junction and those theories makes no sense

        The Phrygia Valley Turkey cart ruts seem to have evidence they were man made by some sort of vehicle though, so that may be indirect evidence for Malta’s and other countries cart tracks

  • living101

    We have been human for far longer than our current civilization cycle. Could those have been created to place rails or boardwalks to make for smoother travel at one time?

    • electrobleme

      i met a chap in malta and visited the cart ruts with him who had a similar idea.

      he expected to find circular depression areas among the tracks which he said would have been used as large wooden ‘turn tables’.

      we did find a few of these round areas, i think at Naxxar Gap and also Ta-Baldu. they were not everywhere but a lot of the cart ruts sites have been destroyed and you would need to be deliberately looking for them to interpret them as that.

      one of the problem with the wooden tracks idea seems to be why are some of the ruts so deep?

      perhaps they used them as normal transportation ruts to start with then when the deep groove were made and they could not use them, they then built wooden rail tracks to use?

  • geek for science

    While Joseph Liá’s comment might sound wild and unfounded I believe there is some truth in what he claims. Even if you go to Clapham Junction (where there is the highest concentration of ruts), you will notice that some are older than others. Some actually do not seem ancient at all if you look at the way they have not been eroded. Having said this most of the other ruts in the are are very old and nobody has yet explained them satisfactorily.

    • electrobleme

      David H Trump in his book ‘Cart Ruts and their impact on the Maltese landscape’ does suggest a difference between older and newer cart ruts.

      “Ruts left by recent carts differ from these in two respects. They tend to be broader and shallower, and, unlike the ancient ones, invariably show heavy wear on the rock surface between them, left by whatever animal it was, horse, mule, donkey or ox,which drew them.”

      The wide but shallow cart ruts are also suggested to be somewhat related to quarries. This is possibly observed in some cart tracks sites like Ghar Zerriegha and Busewdien.

      After reading David Trumps thoughts on the different types I did try to observe evidence for or against it. But as is typical of the cart ruts on Malta there was no definite proof that i could find. But you do at least notice the wider and shallower ruts types and if they are near quarries.

      And then again the suggested ‘newer’ cart ruts may have nothing to do with quarries so looking for that relationship as proof may not work, but they still could be more recent. Or not.

      Obviously how you classify and date what are ancient or more recent cart ruts is an issue?

  • sevetse

    Are these not the same as those found in Ireland: “These classic kharstified exposures of tabular blocks of limestone pavement, Clints, are cut by vertical fractures, Grikes, which were widened by post glacial dissolution”

    Post glacial dissolution as widening of the fractures could be the answer to how these “cart ruts” were made.

  • chris

    What if these cart ruts are no more or less then a draining system. It’s no mystery that Greece and Rome had running water, and what if these where like a first draft… Just think about it non biasedly for a minute it could explain why they are all over the world because of high and low tides that’s why they reach all the way into the sea bed. And that’s why they run straight off of Cliff sides. Just an idea I have no credentials for any kind of scientific background just an enthusiast

  • MetalsGuy

    I used to live In the San Gwan area, on Tal-Mensija Road. I spent many hours as a child playing in the area. I don’t know their function, but can see that much of the area has now been built on, and the “track” area has been considerably reduced. It is a shame that more study was not done earlier, Good aerial maps and chemical analysis of the “tracks” may yet yield information. The fact that some of these ‘tracks” extend into the sea tells me that they were built when the sea level was a lot lower than it is today. Truly ancient!