Mellieħa – new entries

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Ċirkewwa: 35.984006 14.334589
One pair runs along the cliffs to Paradise Bay and ends at the edge of the cliff that has collapsed.

Għajn Żnuber
North-west of Manikata, near the cliffs of Majjistral Park, are three short remnants of cart ruts.

  • Għajn Żnuber 1: 35.946858 14.340131
  • Għajn Żnuber 2: 35.946394 14.340411, poorly defined
  • Għajn Żnuber 3: 35.946042 14.340372, poorly defined

Id-Daħar
Several poorly definable pairs run along Triq tad-Daħar in N-S direction.

  • Id-Daħar 1: 35.974072 14.335561, covered with concrete
  • Id-Daħar 2: 35.972544 14.335261, poorly defined
  • Id-Daħar 3: 35.973131 14.334336
  • Id-Daħar 4: 35.973569 14.332283, poorly defined
  • Id-Daħar 5: 35.972925 14.329119, poorly defined

Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa: 35.968103 14.351842
One pair, interrupted several times, leads along the coast line. At the NW-end it forks into two pairs.

Il-Bisqra new
A large network of cart ruts is visible west of the Danish Village. Group 1 is pretty much eroded.

  • Il-Bisqra 1a: 35.968287 14.345959
  • Il-Bisqra 1b: 35.968268 14.345831
  • Il-Bisqra 1c: 35.968227 14.345794
  • Il-Bisqra 1d: 35.968209 14.345779
  • Il-Bisqra 1e: 35.968169 14.345815
  • Il-Bisqra 1f:  35.968148 14.345884
  • Il-Bisqra 1g: 35.968132 14.345832
  • Il-Bisqra 1h: 35.968106 14.345827
  • Il-Bisqra 2:   35.967878 14.345458
  • Il-Bisqra 3:   35.967356 14.345200

 Il-Gudja: 35.963454 14.340855
One pair of cart ruts runs down the hill north of Popeye Village.

Il-Hewwiexa
North of Tal-Braġġ are two equally long cart ruts running in W-E direction.

  • Il-Hewwiexa 1: 35.956168 14.376858
  • Il-Hewwiexa 2: 35.956088 14.376884

Il-Kamp tal-Mellieħa: 35.968467 14.348767
One short cart rut between Għadira Natural Reserve and the Danish Village can be seen.

Il-Minżel: 35.940050 14.338361
Only a short piece of a formerly long stretch is still visible.

Il-Mogħxa ta’Għajn Tuffieħa
To the west of Manikata, there are three tracks. No. 1 and No. 2 may have been connected.

  • Il-Mogħxa ta’Għajn Tuffieħa   1: 35.938092 14.343111
  • Il-Mogħxa ta’Għajn Tuffieħa 2a: 35.938157 14.342640
  • Il-Mogħxa ta’Għajn Tuffieħa 2a: 35.938071 14.343826, forks out on the western end 2a

It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber new
Four poorly defined stretches running in a NE to SW direction, five stretches running in a NW to SE direction.

  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 1: 35.949919 14.343435
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 2: 35.949903 14.343110
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 3: 35.949655 14.342391
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 4: 35.949846 14.342191
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 5: 35.949901 14.342001
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 6: 35.950010 14.341746
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 7: 35.949850 14.341956
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 8: 35.949864 14.341856
  • It-Torri ta‘ Għajn Żnuber 9: 35.949865 14.341792

Ix-Xagħra: 35.982633 14.334558
One barely visible cart rut above Paradise Bay leads to the edge of the cliff, which is probably collapsed.

Ix-Xagħra il-Ħamra
Three short stretches running in a NS direction to the west of Manikata.

  • Ix-Xagħra il-Ħamra 1: 35.939672 14.347956, poorly defined
  • Ix-Xagħra il-Ħamra 2: 35.941292 14.347097
  • Ix-Xagħra il-Ħamra 3: 35.941784 14.347129

Ix-Xagħra tad-Dar il-Bajda: 35.945211 14.371769
A very short stretch of cart ruts running near the road in a W-E direction.

Ix-Xagħra tal-Għansar: 35.946978 14.370258
Parallel to the road runs a longer pair of cart ruts.

Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin
Five mostly eroded stretches of cart ruts running from N to S.

  • Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin 1: 35.938878 14.339472, poorly defined
  • Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin 2: 35.940359 14.339944, poorly defined
  • Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin 3: 35.940478 14.340200, poorly defined
  • Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin 4: 35.941453 14.340222, poorly defined
  • Ix-Xagħra tal-Qortin 5: 35.942153 14.339525, poorly defined

L-Imġiebaħ
In Il-Qortin ta‘ Ghajn Żejtuna between Mellieħa east and Wied tal-Imġiebaħ are nine cart ruts.
No. 2, 3 and 4 were once probably one stretch.

  • L-Imġiebaħ 1: 35.959306 14.373787
  • L-Imġiebaħ 2: 35.961997 14.374000
  • L-Imġiebaħ 3: 35.962464 14.374267
  • L-Imġiebaħ 4: 35.962997 14.374536
  • L-Imġiebaħ 5: 35.964486 14.375475
  • L-Imġiebaħ 6: 35.962497 14.377402
  • L-Imġiebaħ 7: 35.962189 14.375767, partly eroded and overgrown
  • L-Imġiebaħ 8: 35.959830 14.377154
  • L-Imġiebaħ 9: 35.959739 14.377081

Manikata north
Five pairs of cart ruts can be found north of Manikata.

  • Manikata north 1: 35.941610 14.351992
  • Manikata north 2: 35.941553 14.352244
  • Manikata north 3: 35.941796 14.353928
  • Manikata north 4: 35.942536 14.355503, obliterated by tomb shaft
  • Manikata north 5: 35.943219 14.355484, poorly defined

Manikata north-east
One 330-metre-long stretch runs from E to W. At the western end there is a group consisting of five cart ruts.

  • Manikata north-east 1: 35.941757 14.357851
  • Manikata north-east 2: 35.941444 14.360616
  • Manikata north-east 3: 35.941907 14.360908
  • Manikata north-east 4: 35.941565 14.360771
  • Manikata north-east 5: 35.941568 14.360950
  • Manikata north-east 6: 35.941451 14.361119, mostly eroded

Qasam Barrani new
Near Mellieħa bypass four pairs of cart ruts lead down the slope.1a and 1b run together at the southern end.

  • Qasam Barrani 1a: 35.961487 14.350991
  • Qasam Barrani 1b: 35.961500 14.350968
  • Qasam Barrani   2: 35.961493 14.350906
  • Qasam Barrani   3: 35.961512 14.350830
  • Qasam Barrani   4: 35.961375 14.350703

San Niklaw new
Close to Mellieħa bypass are six pairs of cart ruts, two pairs intersect.

  • San Niklaw 1: 35.959812 14.350609
  • San Niklaw 2: 35.959548 14.350204, intersect with No. 1
  • San Niklaw 3: 35.959316 14.349935
  • San Niklaw 4: 35.959445 14.349732
  • San Niklaw 5: 35.959200 14.350527
  • San Niklaw 6: 35.959214 14.350466

Selmun
There are three pairs of cart ruts in the area of Selmun, at the southern end of Wied tal-Imġiebaħ.

  • Selmun 1: 35.958644 14.379156
  • Selmun 2: 35.958592 14.378295
  • Selmun 3: 35.959346 14.377892, partly covered with soil and vegetation

Tal-Braġġ
Five pairs are visible close to a small regular shallow quarry and Il-Hewwiexa tombs.

  • Tal-Braġġ 1: 35.955354 14.375777
  • Tal-Braġġ 2: 35.955233 14.375831
  • Tal-Braġġ 3: 35.955225 14.376394
  • Tal-Braġġ 4: 35.955614 14.376275
  • Tal-Braġġ 5: 35.955609 14.376205  

Tat-Tomna new
On the northern flank of Mellieħa Ridge, only heavily eroded fragments are found

  • Tat-Tomna   1: 35.951554 14.349384, interrupted by a path
  • Tat-Tomna 1a: 35.950972 14.348094, fork at the south-east end, poorly visible
  • Tat-Tomna   2: 35.951860 14.349861
  • Tat-Tomna   3: 35.952151 14.351669, only one furrow visible
  • Tat-Tomna   4: 35.954621 14.352566

Tax-Xemgħa new
On the slope from the Roman road to Mistra Valley 15 pairs run from W to E. Some of them running parallel to the others. No. 1 is on the opposite slope.

  • Tax-Xemgħa 1: 35.951922 14.373361, partly covered with soil and debris
  • Tax-Xemgħa 2:   35.951196 14.380875
  • Tax-Xemgħa 3:   35.951159 14.380803
  • Tax-Xemgħa 4:   35.951167 14.380301
  • Tax-Xemgħa 5:   35.951106 14.380335
  • Tax-Xemgħa 6:   35.950907 14.379558
  • Tax-Xemgħa 7:   35.950867 14.379589
  • Tax-Xemgħa 8:   35.950816 14.379573
  • Tax-Xemgħa 9:   35.950842 14.379798
  • Tax-Xemgħa 10: 35.950752 14.379213
  • Tax-Xemgħa 11: 35.950715 14.378987
  • Tax-Xemgħa 12: 35.950684 14.378985
  • Tax-Xemgħa 13: 35.950650 14.378977
  • Tax-Xemgħa 14: 35.950024 14.377410
  • Tax-Xemgħa 15: 35.949969 14.377371, covered with vegetation
  • Tax-Xemgħa 16: 35.949877 14.377348

Wied ta’Rduna
On the northern flank of Mellieħa Ridge, only heavily eroded fragments are visible.

  • Wied ta’Rduna 1: 35.954516 14.345172, not yet found, eroded?
  • Wied ta’Rduna 2: 35.952470 14.345971
  • Wied ta’Rduna 3: 35.952615 14.344909
  • Wied ta’Rduna 4: 35.951195 14.345900
  • Wied ta’Rduna 5: 35.951214 14.345818
  • Wied ta’Rduna 6: 35.951191 14.345728

 

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