Mycenaean Engineers Built Chariot Highways

Mycenae, the archaeological site near Mikines in Greece. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Vasilis Papadopoulos)

CORINTHIA, Greece The Dutch hiker that led the way across a rugged path in the mountains and traced one of the ancient Mycenaean highways, stopped to point out the tracks left by chariots.

“Mycenaean highways were of a sophisticated-type of construction, designed especially for use by light and relatively fast vehicles, like chariots,” historical researcher Patricia van der Wal told New Europe. The purpose was to provide the easiest possible gradients and maintain a smooth and also soft road surface, …

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