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Roman roads have oldest potholes and ruts

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Roman road in Pompeii
Roman road in Pompeii

Ruts and potholes are not only the bane of modern drivers. Discovered in 2015, the Roman road in Ipplepen, Britain, reveals that the Romans also had a problem with it.

According to archaeologists, the ruts were caused by horse-drawn carts that often ran along this road. Archaeologists also found evidence that there were holes in the road. The holes were to be tightly stuffed with stones in order to smooth the surface and facilitate travel. The most common accidents on the road were the wheel getting stuck in a hole or broken. For this reason, the Romans paid a lot of attention to keeping the roads in good condition. The wear of the road proves that this trail was used very often in Roman times.


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