Maybe it's a result of my youthful stint as a secretary in a university geography department, but I am flat out fascinated by the history of roads and road systems. So often they are tied to empire building, to trade, to cultural contact; all fascinating bits of the ancient past, as far as I'm concerned.
Stone Paved Trail Segment, Inca Trail
Photo Credit: Jenny Mealing
Over the years I've spent here at About.com, I've compiled information on several of the most interesting in our collective histories. Here are a handful of the specific ways in which some past cultures moved along the countryside.
Ancient Roads and Transportation Networks
- Plumstead (UK)
- Abbot's Way (UK)
- Silk Road (across Asia)
- Achaemenid Royal Road of Cyrus the Great (Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine)
- Roman Roads (Viae Publicae) (throughout Europe)
- Sweet Track (UK)
- The Inca Road (Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina)
- Inca Ceque System (Peru)
- Nazca Lines (Peru)
- Corlea Trackway (Ireland)
- Roman Aqueduct of Nimes (France)
- Cana-Abomey Road (Benin)
- Chaco Roads (New Mexico, USA)
Have a good trip!