Malta’s Cart Ruts: PROOF of an ANCIENT Advanced Civilization?

Malta’s Cart Ruts: PROOF of an ANCIENT Advanced Civilization?

The surface of the islands of Malta and Gozo
in the Maltese archipelago are known for the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of parallel
lines that appear to have been carved deep into the country’s stony ground. These ancient Maltese tracks – or what some
refer to as “cart ruts” – have been found in obvious locations as well as the
most unusual places – be it under the sea, off the coast, or at cliff edges. This has led many to believe that the grooves
in Malta’s bedrock are of prehistoric origin. These cart tracks are also deemed to be unique,
and they continue to be an enigma to this very day, as they have not been satisfactorily
explained by those who have extensively studied them. (Brief Information on the Cart Ruts Found
in Malta) Cart ruts are man-made dual channels or parallel
tracks and grooves sunken in rock. The ruts themselves can vary greatly in their
size – some can be very deep and narrow, others can be shallow and wide, and the rest
could be anything in between. They are carved in both smooth and rough rocky
surface. And like in the case of the cart ruts found
on the surface of the islands of Malta, these parallel grooves can be etched into a limestone
bedrock. In Malta, the cart ruts appear to be in single
pairs or in groups, and they are typically perfectly parallel. These ancient channels have an approximate
depth of 8 to 15 centimeters, but in some places, they could be as deep as about 60
centimeters. The ruts have a standard gauge of around 1.4
meters, but this can also vary by several centimeters. Some of the tracks cross each other while
others branch out to form junctions, which creates an illusion that resembles a large
railway switching yard. These grooves run through the island’s valleys
but they have also been found on the hills, while some have disappeared into the Mediterranean
Sea. While the cart ruts on Malta are impressive
structures, they do not exclusively exist in this country. In fact, similar formations can also be found
in Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Greece, Southern France and Cyrenaica. However, not all of these dual channels in
different parts of Europe are of the same origin, neither do they all fulfill the same
purpose. (Examples of the Maltese Cart-Ruts) In Malta itself, there are potentially as
many as 150 sites that have cart ruts, including the ones found in St. Paul’s Bay, Naxxar,
San Gwann and Bidnija. However, the most well-known site in the archipelago
is the Misrah Ghar il-Kbir, which is more popularly referred to as the “Clapham Junction.” The Clapham Junction is located on the southern
side of the Maltese island and features an enormous number of tracks, making it the largest
concentration of cart ruts in the country. The site was given the nickname “Clapham
Junction” because the network of overlapping cart tracks on the surface resembled the busy
rail station of the same name in London. The sunken grooves at the site have varying
gauges, depths and widths. They are also shaped differently, with some
narrowing at the bottom, while others remain flat. (Theories on the Purpose of Malta’s Cart
Ruts) Many different theories have been presented
in attempt to provide the most plausible answers to the mysterious questions of when these
car ruts on Malta were created, how they were created, and why they were created in the
first place. [Possible Dates When the Cart Ruts in Malta
Were Created] Some researchers have connected the mysterious
tracks to the temple sites found in the islands of Malta and Gozo. More than 30 stone temple complexes as well
as other ancient structures on the Maltese island were dated to have been built from
5500 to 2500 BC, making them some of the oldest free-standing monuments on the planet that
we currently know about. It is even believed that the cart ruts might
turn out to be the proof some experts have been looking for in answering the puzzle of
how these ancient temples were built during what was supposed to be a primitive time. It is also hypothesized that these manmade
dual channels were created by settlers who arrived in Malta from Sicily sometime in the
beginning of the country’s Bronze Age, or around 2000 B.C. However, Maltese archaeologist Anthony Bonanno
has also presented an alternative theory about the date of the cart ruts on the island, suggesting
that the tracks could be Phoenician constructions that were made more recently, possibly in
the 7th century B.C. [How the Cart Ruts in Malta Were Created] As to how the ruts in Malta were made or created,
some archaeologists assumed that they were inadvertently carved by using some form of
vehicles that were possibly wheeled. These carts, sleds or skids could have carried
heavy loads, and with people repeatedly using the same path or route for decades or even
centuries, the island’s limestone ground was inevitably scarred over time as a consequence. However, some have objected to the hypothesis
that all of the ruts on Malta were caused by wheeled carts or sleds carrying heavy goods. They argued that some of the tracks appeared
to be too perfectly formed as if they might have been carved by hand using special tools. One such individual is author and journalist
Graham Hancock, and in his book, “Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization,”
he said: “It is certain, too, that they were not
simply worn away in the tough limestone by the passage of cart-wheels over periods of
centuries, as many have wrongly theorized; on the contrary, there is no proof whatsoever
that cart-wheels ever ran in these ruts – which were initially carved out of the bedrock with
the use of tools.” [The Purpose Behind the Cart Ruts in Malta] If the people residing on the island of Malta
created and deliberately shaped these enigmatic ruts, then these channels obviously played
a valuable purpose in the lives of these ancient people. However, what exactly that role is have been
lost with the passage of time, and experts who have allotted much of their time and a
significant portion of their lives to study these cart ruts have yet to universally agree
on what their original purpose could be. And because these experts have failed to come
into an agreement on this matter, alternative theories have gained popularity in providing
more out-of-this-world yet equally-fascinating answers to this mystery. One of the wildest speculations of what the
cart ruts’ intended purpose could be is that the they are the tracks of outer space
landing craft. There also those who believe that the scars
on Malta’s milestone bedrock might be coded messages to the gods. But a more popular yet also far-fetched theory
is that archipelago of Malta is actually an existing part of the legendary lost city of
Atlantis. Of course, there are also other theories that
have been presented over the years, which many people find to be a lot easier to consider
and believe. One theory is that the cart ruts in Malta
were constructed for the purpose of transporting agricultural produce, and that the tracks
were designed in such a way that would have allowed cows pulling these carts to get back
home on their own. Australian archaeologist Claudia Sagona from
Birmingham University has a different idea on what the ancient channels found in this
country are for. Sagona argued that the cart ruts were actually
irrigation ditches from the Stone Age. According to her, in ancient times, torrential
rains had washed away the island’s topsoil, and so, the farmers of that time had no other
choice but to invent new ways of tending to their crops. She suggested that the Maltese farmers carved
this network of trenches into the island’s limestone bedrock to channel away and conserve
rain water, and to protect the soil. Another likely purpose of the cart ruts is
that they transported stones from ancient quarries across the island. This theory was suggested by archaeologist
Anthony Bonanno, and a few of those who conducted a detailed survey of the Clapham Junction
agreed that many of the channels found on the Maltese island are associated with the
nearby quarries of the time. Transportation of stones from these quarries
via the cart ruts found in different parts of the island supposedly made the construction
of the ancient temples in Malta possible. This network of tracks is also believed to
have been utilized by people for the exportation of quarried stones to Africa. Though some of these theories are undeniably
appealing and quite popular, none of them are completely devoid of flaw in their line
of reasoning. And so, until now, there is still no consensus
on what the original purpose of the cart ruts on Malta could be, especially since experts
supporting one theory have cleverly presented arguments casting doubt on the plausibility
of another theory, and vice versa. (Conclusion) For now, there is no doubt that the enigmatic
cart ruts found in Malta will continue to remain unsolved in the foreseeable future
in terms of its true purpose, the exact means through which they were formed, or the accurate
dates of when these tracks were created and how long they were regularly used by the ancient
civilization that once lived there. And while not many are willing to entertain
the idea that the cart ruts on Malta are proof that a highly advanced ancient civilization
once dominated the area, these ancient networks of parallel trenches and channels are, at
the very least, a testament and reminder that perhaps our ancient ancestors are more advanced
and enlightened than we give them credit for. Besides, even without insisting its archaeological
merits, it remains undeniable that these ancient tracks are truly a fascinating as well as
a puzzling sight to behold.

100 thoughts on “Malta’s Cart Ruts: PROOF of an ANCIENT Advanced Civilization?

  1. theres a place in s. utah called mormon wells , just north of bullfrog , where theres wagon ruts in the sandstone from the mormon settlers in the 1860s. they look alot like these.

  2. How about…they were tracks laid down in mud which eventually became solidified rock? Similar to the dinosaur tracks near Grandbury Texas?

  3. Beyond Science, thank you for this video, Mike. Similar tracks can be seen in Utah and the intermountain west; they were made by the Mormon pioneers and other settlers' wagons and hand carts as they moved out west.

  4. Mikey there is no way in H— wooden wheels could carve ruts in stone, especially perfectly straight ruts. Stone is many times harder than wood. I believe it sabotages intelligence to repeat such a ludicrous theory.

  5. I have seen this case in Ancient Aliens, the grooves are not completely paralel, differing in several inches along the tracks. They did not offer an explanation but my guess is that they are related with the temples mentioned. If they measure the dimensions in the limestone blocks of the temple they should fit between the paralel tracks, like if they were cut out from the ground. How? Aliens.

  6. What if the tracks were filled with water and then wooden sleds were floated on the water? They could carry a lot of weight and use animals to pull the sleds. They would basically serve as a combination of modern paved roads and canals.

  7. This is an ancient sidewalk for people that were hand carved, and the “tracks” were where the water flowed so people would have a dry passage way

  8. They're DEFINITELY coded messages to god. Lmao! Best theory yet. And by "best" I mean most insane. 😂

  9. Clearly these were the work of ancient rappers. Because there were no means for recording their performances, these rappers would announce new works by creating a rut… or, in the jargon of the day, "dropping a new track" These tracks were created in pairs, know as "a side" and "b side". This convention has persisted until, in historical terms, recent times.

  10. well done video my friend- I live in Gozo Malta and have been looking into and researching these various enigmas for years. I suggest you look up Francis Aloisio as well, his theories on the temples are very interesting and he estimates that these ruts and the temples are tens of thousands of years old- just just 2500-3500 years which is the "accepted" theory by historians.

  11. it's an island. Those carved ruts looks like a way to bring boats on land for repair, by some type of trolley system. The carved ruts would have to extend out into the water, to bring the boat up and out of the sea.

  12. Is it just me or do things get mysterious when you discount the supernatural. For me when when comes to mysteries either supernatural or natural.just saying regardless helpfulness.

  13. I'm Maltese (living in England) and I've seen these so many times before and I've never actually thought about them. We all just take them for granted, and sometimes still use them – for placing boats in the ocean ect ect. (Ps I love your channel)

  14. to anyone who says these routes were slowly dug out by cart wheels over the years from farmers and travelers, or that they are just like oregon trail tracks in that regard, just take a look from above on google maps at "Clapham Junction cart ruts" these tracks, many of them are so close together and all going to "about" the same exact place, why would certain carts go off-track and create new tracks if the destination is so close to the other track that already exists. Sometimes there are 5 or 6 or 7 tracks all leading to about the same place.

  15. your videos are entertaining and funny. It's like you never pause just continue talking and talking and talking. Im laughing lol

  16. Well, let's just get in a time machine and go back to that time and see for ourselves. Let's not make this complicated.

  17. 8:20 – 8:28 you couldn't be more right my friend, ancient hindu texts say the exact same thing as a matter of fact they even say that there is 1 cycle (containing 4 smaller cycles of satyug, treta yuga(the age of god ram), dwapar yug(the age of krishna and or his brother) and kaliyug(the present)) and after 1 big cycle there comes pralaya (apocalypse) and then it all starts over again resulting in multiple ram(the god) multiple buddha etc (with krishna it differs slightly as he only arrives after 4 cycles and in the rest 3 his elder brother balrama is saviour god) . Check out this ancient hindu theory you will definitely like it.

  18. They didn't use carts, they partially filled the channels with wooden spheres with a sled-like device to move large stones.

  19. coulda been dug for water irrigation stuff? just an idea. looks like it might be a thing by the way they were layed out on the map

    edit i was midway through the video and didnt get to the part about the irrigation xD atleast im not alone

  20. Like you said at the end Mikey, I believe humanity history is full of unaccounted events erased by both natural events and man. If we get hit by an asteroid, or struck bu a huge volcanic eruption, or even a nasty war, there will be a significant loss of historic data, just to be "filled with speculations" and eventually move from being a historic fact to a diluted myth.

  21. Welp…I live in malta..and im 100% maltese..and i love that he made a vid on malta bs its very small xD

  22. particularly since its in an area that supposedly gets enough torrential rain to wash away most of the soil

  23. although i do like the idea and i do beleive in ancient technology, to me it looks like these people just carved into the ground to make irrigation systems. BTW keep up the good work, I love this channel.

  24. I somewhat believe in the "First Civilization" theory that claims there was a more advanced civilization that flourished hundreds of thousands or even millions of years ago & was destroyed catastrophically. My twist on that belief is that I believe there has been more than one previous advanced civilization that has been destroyed by major catastrophic events.

  25. They are probably tracks from carts. These tracks have become eroded as they channel water. they then become deeper. Simple really

  26. What if they're just ditches in the side of roads? Them essentially cart railroads also makes a lot of sense

  27. If you look at the human evolution you would realize that 1 million years ago we were not even humans. So how would it be possible that pre-humans could construct tanks back then with smaller brain mass, etc?

  28. I'm from Albania, you can see some of these things here, there are also "ship parking places" or whatever you call them in the mountains. 900 and some meters altitude.

  29. Maybe the Rutts are lutreen pits as a means of getting rid of there waste.. Pee n poop. Then after they do there thing take a bucket of water dump it to push it down. Flush it in a sins.. But they mite not all be that

  30. It's 2A.M. -12 degrees F. I'm awake because my furnace went out……you make me crazy with these videos; and I love it! Keep up the good work! I see a TV show in your future!

  31. Carts make the least sense. No one would want their cart in those deep ruts. If it were to move water or sewage, why are they in pairs?
    Fill the ruts with wet clay and silt, then slide a sleigh over it.

  32. The feature of straight lines on the inside walls of the ruts (running parallel with the ruts) would not be there if the ruts had been created by rolling wheels, but more likely by something being dragged.

  33. This is no enigma. They are antediluvian human cart ruts. Fossilized like dino-tracks during the great global flood.

  34. Hey There.
    This should shed some light.
    Have a look and a read.
    Great Pic.
    Here is another piece of the puzzle:

  35. These ruts in Turkey 100 times more interesting –

  36. The ruts look like they were made when the ground was wet and muddy by how the material has moved out of the way of what ever made them.

  37. newearth on youtube has posted a video of the same type of tracks that a subscriber sent to her from a creek in austin texas.

  38. These were made by fishes that could not grow legs but instead invented a unicycle and had races all over the island.

  39. They are also found in south america and mexico.

    Samaipata bolivia comes to mind. Just bizzare stone structures. On top you see cart rugs leading to the top. You also find that bizzare stone carvings in different parts of the world. The baltic Sea Anomaly has a identical type of stone carving. What there puporse or how they were contructed or by who remains a mystery. Could be half a million years old or more. Thats why they are so strange. Must have been made by other life form or different era of hominids.

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