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Cart ruts video

modern explorers cart ruts video film movie free documentaryA very good introduction to the cart ruts sites on Malta, Gozo and around the world has been created by the Modern Explorers.

This free 13 minute youtube video explores the history and physical phenomena of the cart tracks in a very balanced fashion. Mentioning the mainstream or accepted options of what, why, when, who created these supposedly man made ancient road ways always found in limestone rock.

Cart ruts mysteries explored

They also suggest some of the alternative theories of these possible vehicle tracks including some ideas about the Malta ‘temples’ or megalithic structures (their video on Malta and Gozo’s megalithic features)including electromagnetic theories similar to electroculture/magnetoculture.

With their wealth of experience of ancient sites around the world they are able to suggest possible links to other parts of the world including Skara Brae and its very similar ‘shelves’.

The worldwide and Malta cart ruts have been waiting for a film like this, so if you have any interest in ancient mysteries and puzzles then this very short documentary called Cart Ruts Explored is for you.

The Modern Explorers are travelling around the world and bringing to the public attention interesting historic sites, civilisations and ideas.

You can also help contribute to these great short movies by supporting their work on Patreon.

Are Malta’s cart ruts Signs of the Gods?

Malta cart ruts tracks Signs of the Gods book Erich Von DanikenSigns of the Gods book by Erich Von Daniken (author of the infamous Chariots of the Gods) has a chapter on the many mysteries of the islands of Malta and Gozo including the Maltese cart ruts, the megalithic stone structures and the incredible Hypogeum (underground complex with its awe inspiring acoustics and over 7000 skeleton remains).

For those interested in the possibility of extra terrestrials, aliens, UFO’s and Cart Ruts there is another article on that subject here.

Erich von Däniken’s English version of the book was published in 1980 (free Scribd online version). Daniken investigates and explores in decent detail the standard archaeology and history theories about the origin, formation and purpose of Malta’s cart ruts.
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Erich then puts on his practical hat and dissects these claims when put against their dating, the supposed technology of the time and the environment, and especially with what can be observed at the different sites of the cart tracks.

If you do not believe the accepted theories about the origins of the cart ruts and especially what their purpose was then this book is for you as Daniken slaughters the mainstream theories.

His chapter on the cart grooves of Malta is a very good summing up of all the reasons why the cart ruts were not built for transportation and why most modern ideas are wrong. Since he wrote the book there have been some developments in cart ruts information, especially about them being found around the Mediterranean and the world, although not in the numbers found on Malta and Gozo.

I have had Daniken Signs of the Gods book for a couple of years but only read it today when someone visiting me looked at it and pointed out it had a chapter on the Maltese cart tracks!

Daniken suggests that the megalithic temples and cart ruts were built as a sign of worship or admiration to the Maltese gods. That the old Gods of man who lived amongst us, for example perhaps the giants like the Nephalim mentioned in the Bible, may have helped man construct the massive stone buildings and ruts, perhaps using techniques that were not necessarily available to ancient man. There are a few short quotes from Däniken’s book at the bottom of this article.

Daniken laments the passing of the Maltese culture and way of life since his last holiday to the islands. This was in the late 1970’s so what he would think of it now, after having become part of the European Union, would perhaps not be fit to print.

Erich Von Daniken’s Signs of the Gods and Malta’s Cart Ruts

Signs of the Gods book Erich Von Daniken maltese
Following is a summary of Daniken’s ideas. Not everything may be covered as there are a lot in this chapter. This is not a review of his book or trying to argue against his book and theories but there are a few updates with new information or a few questions for some of his ideas.

Cart ruts not for transportation or for carts or sleds

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Daniken’s arguments or evidence that cart tracks were not made by vehicles or for transportation:

  • Pairs of ruts are different from each other in the same site
  • An individual pair of tracks change an their physical characteristics over distance
  • The depths of the ruts can be over 70 cm and some get narrower (thinner) as the channel gets deeper. They are a V shape and can be very thin at the bottom, to thin for a strong wheel or sled pole that would be needed to transport large cargos
  • Pairs of ruts separate, combine then separate again numerous times for seemingly no reason
  • Ruts going up and down escarpment sides, curving, going off cliffs, over hills
  • No animal hoof marks in the limestone between or beside the cart tracks if they were pulled by animals
  • They were not formed as old roads or transportation system to help move the limestone megaliths with the construction of Malta’s stone temples because only a few cart tracks out of 1000’s go near a megalithic building
  • The carts or sleds were not moved using wheels, forks of wood, sled poles or ballbearings.

One bit of modern scientific experiment that is interesting is that limestone seems to lose a lot of its strength when wet. There has been one experiment showing this but I am not sure if the results have been corroborated.

Another thing that Erich Von Daniken does not seem to take into account is that when limestone is wet it is very slippery, so the friction needed or met by carts being pulled could be much less in special circumstances. But with Malta being such a dry island, at the moment, this seems to be a natural thing to miss?

How old are Malta’s cart ruts and who created them?

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Erich von Däniken investigates when and what race built the cart ruts and the megalithic buildings (Megalithic temples as they are called)?

  • How old are they to be under our present sea level or in some cases much deeper with suggested cart ruts spotted and photographed on the sea bed.
  • Were the Maltese tracks used as a massive calendar system? Why and how would people construct massive complexes built over such large areas when they could not observe them from the ground? Why go to that effort?
  • Flint tools were not used to carve out the hundreds of miles of cart ruts or used in the quarrying and stone masonry of the megalithic blocks or used to carve out the deep but intricate underground structure and rooms of the Hypogeum. No flint is naturally found on the island or has been found on the island in association with the ancient buildings. So much flint tools would have to have been used that some evidence of them should have survived
  • What is the age or the people who built or created the cart ruts system? Stone Age, Neolithic Age or Bronze Age? Greeks, Romans, Pheonicians? No evidence or any history of the peoples who were about when they were formed
  • Metal allows were poured into the grooves? The post Ice Age date of when the cart ruts were likely to have been created, due to changes in the Mediterranean sea level, seems to disprove this as metal working was not around before then
  • Cart ruts created by Saurians (alien race or actual ancient lizard animals?)? Not possible as the paired tracks run parallel in straight lines

If tools were used to create the grooves and giant stone structures could they have been destroyed when catastrophe struck the island? The population of Malta and Gozo, or at least those who built the megalithic structures and the cart ruts, seem to have totally disappeared with no trace. The island also shows Electric Universe geology signs of having been struck by catastrophes and Maltese mythology and folklore have tales of incredible storms and strange earth moving and blazing events – such as Mugluba and the salvatur qolla.

Not for irrigation, drainage or agriculture

Signs of the Gods Erich von Däniken
Drainage system but rocky island with little top soil?
No water pipes or water towers and where did the water come from on an island with no year round rivers or streams?
Ruts used as agricultural production for like algae or silkworms but why are the ruts in such a haphazard manner?
Here Erich von Däniken could be argued against with one of his arguments against them for irrigation or food production. He suggests that there would be to much food produced for so small a population on Malta. But there had to be a decent sized population on Malta at the time to help build the megalithics? Unless Malta only had small construction crews that were sent to the island to build the complexes and there was not a large living population?

Malta’s Cart Ruts and megalithic structures are Signs of the Gods?

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Erich Von Daniken’s in his book suggests:

The megalithic temples are stone testimony that the earliest inhabitants of Malta worshiped their gods zealously and spared no effort to show their deep admiration of the heavenly figures. As you know, it is my view that the ‘gods’ were not fictitious figures, not the products of unbridled imagination. At some time they were real and physically very active beings.

I ask myself whether ‘my’ gods chose Malta as their goal in prehistoric times, whether they achieved something there that made the Maltese labour to cut stone signs in the ground in memory of or as homage to the extraterrestrials

… To me, ruts, temples and Hypogeum are proof that ‘gods’ took a hand here.
Signs of the Gods book Erich Von Daniken
I have to make a statement which will be superfluous to anyone who understands my theory, because I want to anticipate a remark that my critics will make as sure as eggs are eggs. I do not claim that ‘gods’ were at work here, laid out the ruts, erected the megalithic temples or built the Hypogeum. But I do speculate that ‘gods’ or their descendants were familiar with tools and dominated techniques which the Stone-Age men made use of. Obviously it is also possible that the early islanders worked zealously at the gods’ request to make the ruts, without knowing why they were doing it. Is there a connection between all these apparent contradictions? Can ‘gods’, men, ruts and temples all be brought under one hat?

… At the end of the Ice Age, who had the bodily strength and also the bird’s eye view needed to set up such gigantic complexes of thousands of menhirs? Giants!

Giants from early non-historical times are documented in traditions. Datings place them at the end of the last Ice Age and they would also have had the mental faculties and the strength needed to erect the menhirs. To what race did the giants belong and what was their origin? Mythologies and religious traditions claim that they were descendants of the gods.

Archaeologist David Trump, who has written the most authoritative books about Malta’s cart tracks, has commented on Erich Von Daniken’s cart ruts theories:

“Again, no Atlantis theories, as some have suggested. We know that in the last 3,000 years, the level of the seawater has risen. In fact right next to these ruts, there are a number of Bronze Age silo pits, some of which are now underwater.”

Could there have been any extra-terrestrial activity?

“I am obviously joking. Erich von Däniken, Swiss author of several books which make pseudoscientific claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, theorised in his classic bestseller, Chariots of the Gods, published in 1968, that these ruts could only be made with alien influence.”
Aiming to solve the secret of our mysterious cart ruts

Cart Ruts manmade evidence?

cart ruts man made evidence tracks malta turkey malteseIs there evidence that Cart Ruts (Cart Tracks, vehicle tracks, ancient roadways, grooves etc) were manmade?

The most famous Cart Tracks area in the world are the Malta’s Cart Ruts and there is no direct evidence that they are manmade.

But other countries with Cart Ruts do seem to have supporting evidence.
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Cart Ruts off cliffs?

cart ruts plateau drop mystery puzzle tracks malta gozoCart Ruts on Malta and Gozo appear to go off cliff tops and up or down the sides of escarpments/plateaus where there is a very steep drop of 1 or 2 meters.

Gozo and Malta’s Cart Ruts going off cliff tops

cart ruts off cliffs malta gozo tracks Cart Ruts on Malta that go off high land include Ghar Zerriegha (Ta-Baldu) and il-Pellegrin (Fomm Ir-Rih). Gozo also has Cart Ruts that are beside cliffs including Ta Cenc and the Azure Window (Dwejra).

Some people state that the Gozo Cart Tracks at the Azure Window go over cliff tops but that does not seem to be the case in the ones I have found but it might be true for others higher up towards San Lawrenz? These ones appear to drop down the sharp edge of a plateau.

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Malta’s Cart Tracks going off the land and off cliffs raises a few puzzles and mysteries, here are a few starter questions:
Where were they going to and what was there?
How old are the Cart Ruts if the land beyond the cliffs has disappeared?
Does this show that there were some catastrophic events that hit the islands of Malta and Gozo?

Gozo and Maltese Cart Tracks going down steep drops

cart tracks escarpments ruts maltese islands gozo drops offA number of the Gozitan and Maltese Cart Tracks locations seem to have Cart Ruts that go down/up steep meter(s) high drops in the rock plateaus. Examples include Dwejra and Naxxar Gap. Fomm Ir-Rih Bay Cart Ruts also go down a steep drop but you have to follow them down the slope for a hundred or so meters.

cart ruts book david trump and their impact on the Maltese landscape
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For Maltese Cart Ruts going up/down very steep drops in the rock there are other questions to start with:
How did they go up/down these meter high drops without spilling the load or breaking the vehicles?
Why did theses roads/routes have to go in that precise location?

Underwater Cart Ruts and Temples

cart ruts sea floor underwater submerged malta st georges baySome Malta Cart Ruts (Cart Tracks) are found underwater – submerged on the sea floor.

The most famous of Malta’s Cart Ruts that can be easily seen on the seabed are at St George’s Bay (near Birzebbuga Bay not the St Julian’s / Paceville Saint George’s bay!).

cart ruts across bay water st georges malta tracks seaIf you ever visit Malta and Gozo you will find that the same names are used for 2 or 3 places on the islands and considering the small size of them it seems a bit crazy and confusing.

St Georges Bay (Birzebbuga) also has a strange thin shallow pair running into the sea near the underwater Cart Ruts.

Another set of Cart Tracks that run parallel to the sea shore are the Mellieha Bay Cart Ruts (photographs and site visit to be posted in the future).

Other possible submerged Cart Ruts on Malta

maltas cart ruts sea floor saint julians submergedThere could be a lot of possible underwater Cart Ruts in Malta’s seas, when you are snorkelling you do notice a lot of fairly straight lines, grooves, trenches. These are hard to confirm if they are as they look slightly more natural fissures in the limestone rock than worn away grooves but who knows with the effects of the sea water erosion. The best example of good but most likely not is when you swim of Sliema.

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There are also reported to be submerged Cart Ruts and other shapes that may be buildings on the seafloor out from St Julian’s but more towards Pembroke. To make things even more confusing these are also just off the other ‘Saint George’s Bay’.

Something interesting was photographed there by Kurt and Shaun Arrigo (photo above)

Possible underwater Malta Cart Ruts co-ordinates near St Julian’s / Pembroke
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N 35 55 46.8
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E 14 29.619

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E 14 29.626

N 35 55 50.9
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Another person reported finding Cart Tracks on the sea floor in the large Birzebbuga Bay – he did offer paid tours to them (from Germany) but would not share their location. It is not known if he is still doing that.

Underwater Malta Temples and structures?

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There appears to also be Malta Temples that are found submerged. The islands of Malta and Gozo must have the highest concentration of megalith structures/temples in the world. If sea levels were much lower and have risen then this should be no surprise. That other Temple Builder structures may have been built on the then available dry land that was also closer to the sea would seem to be a sensible theory.

One temple is suggested to be found off Sliema but details about this are hard to confirm.

Gebel Gol-Bahar Temple

Gebel Gol-Bahar underwater temple malta Hubert ZeitlmairThe best possible submerged structure or Temple is Gebel Gol-Bahar with underwater photos and videos that look very much like Malta’s seas location. This seems to have been discovered by Hubert Zeitlmair.

This seems to be the sea floor structure that others reference as located about 3 miles off the St Andrews Firing Range on the sea mount marked on charts as ‘sikka‘.

malta discovery org Hubert Zeitlmair and the Malta Vortex pillar Just a word of warning about one of the other theories by Hubert Zeitlmair on his site maltadiscovery.org that you may get to if you follow the leads (or that link!) eventually to his site. It concerns the Tree of Life (Squatterman and many other names it was known at), the plasma Peratt Instability that Zeitlmair calls the Malta Vortex pillar.

di jet object Hubert Zeitlmair maltadiscovery.orgThere is no evidence that Anthony L Peratt’s work implies it was anything to do with the skies above Malta, in fact it is 100% the complete opposite.

Actually, every single bit of Anthony Peratt’s and all the others work on over 100,000 petroglyph’s (special type of pre history rock art) show that the Axis Mundi was seen in the southern polar regions, not Malta and Gozo. Click here for more information on this.

Valletta Grand Harbour

The massive harbour of Velletta is also rumoured to have many large Temple Builder structures on the sea floor.

It is nevertheless known that a megalithic structure once existed inside Valletta’s Grand Harbour, at the foot of Fort Saint Angelo. According to Jean Quintinus, this temple extended over “a large part of the harbour, even far out into the sea” as late as 1536 and in 1606, Megeiser could still see that it was constructed of “rectangular blocks of unbelievable sizes”.
Malta: the small island of the giants

Clapham Junction Malta – Main field

clapham junction malta view of cart ruts and cart tracks and Ghar il-KbirClapham Junction Malta is the most famous and largest collection of Malta’s Cart Ruts. It can be split into a few sections, which makes it easier to understand what is where and anything puzzling in each part of the site. We have split them into the East, South and the main one investigated here is the West site.
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Dwejra Cart Ruts, Gozo

Dwejra cart ruts Gozo Malta tracks Azure Window inland sea San LawrenzDwejra Cart Ruts on the Maltese island of Gozo are located near the impressive natural features of the Azure Window, the breathtaking Inland Sea (crater?) found beneath the San Lawrenz village.
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Cart Ruts books

malta cart rut books tracks gozo david trump malteseThere are not many books about Cart Ruts and the only ones available to buy are mainly about Gozo and Malta’s Cart Ruts (Cart Tracks) and not those found in other countries.

D H Trump (David Trump) is the main published book author at the moment and he mentions and investigates the Maltese Cart Ruts in a few books.

A couple of these are mainly about the megalith structures found on the islands of Malta and Gozo – known as Malta’s Temples. The Cart Ruts are a small section in them.

But these books are excellent if you are interested in the history of Malta and all its ancient puzzles and mysteries.
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Cart Ruts and aliens / UFO’s?

clapham junction malta guide cart rutsSome people suggest that the purpose of the Cart Ruts are for aliens and UFO’s – usually for an energy purpose.

Many people will not agree with the UFO Cart Ruts theory but until it is 100% proven that Cart Ruts were man made and for what purpose this still has to be considered as a possible reason of what and why Malta’s Cart Tracks were created.
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When were the Cart Ruts made?

zerriegha cart tracks steps malta Mtahleb Rabat Rabbat mysterious puzzling quarry rutsWhen were the Cart Ruts made? When were they used and for what purpose? How old are Malta’s Cart Ruts and those in other countries?

When were the Cart Tracks on Malta formed? Were they created in pre history? In Malta’s Bronze Age or Iron Age? Where the Maltese Cart Ruts made during the Temple Building phases on the Maltese islands of Malta and Gozo?

When were the Cart Tracks made in other countries? Especially the Turkish Cart Ruts and those in Mexico?
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