Cart Ruts are deep grooves engraved in rocks, usually limestone and are found in about 150 different locations in Malta and Gozo. If you are wandering in the rocky parts of the Maltese countryside then there is a change that you come across these unexplainable cart ruts.
What exactly are ‘Cart Ruts’ and what makes them so mysterious? Despite the studies done on these ruts, it is still unclear what they are and why they were made. Cart rats are usually in pairs, even though a few have been found by themselves. What continues to make this phenomenon unusual is that the depth of these differ, some are deep and some shallow.
One theory suggests that they were made by some form of veichle maybe lead by an animal or even carried by humans and were dented by repetedly going through these paths with heavy loads, such as big stones. They also are very random and don’t lead to specific temples, which creates even more questions among people. Furthermore, some are shaped as a ‘U’ and others as a ‘V’ which raises even more questions on how these could have been made for or by veichles. The stangest thing of all is that in some places, the ruts vanish at various edges of cliffs and reappear under water.
When did the Cart Ruts’ first appear on the Maltese Islands? Sadly, studies made on these ruts were not successful of specifying the exact time period where they first appeared. But the most obvious answer would be that they were made in the time when the large megalithic temples where being made or when they were in use. Some say they go back to The Bronze age and others also tend to say that they first appeared in the Roman Times where they were evidence of Roman building procedures.
Where can you find these mysterious Cart Ruts? If you have some spare time on a warm Sunday afternoon, we recommend to go look for these Cart Ruts in these locations and see for yourself this unusual phenomenon.
In Siġġiewi, located in the south side of Malta, there is a perfect example of these ruts in an area called Clapham Junction.
Another place where you can find these strange ruts is at Dwejra, near where the Azure Window used to stand. These differ in depth and they head to San Lawrenz.
If you are interested in the one found underwater, then you might want to go for a dive in St. George’s Bay located in Birżebbuġa.