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During the past year, the two of us have had a great time exploring Azerbaijan's ancient coastlines and interior in what has now become a weekend hobby. We've found some fascinating archaeological sites, including cart ruts, stone circles with petroglyphs and graves from many different eras. We think we've only scratched the surface in terms of what is really out there. Some of the most mysterious and puzzling ancient monuments found in Azerbaijan are cart ruts - that is, parallel grooves or channels carved directly into the rock, looking much like an ancient roadway. They're such an enigma. One can't help but wonder what purpose they served. How were they cut out of the surface of the rock? When? Why? No one knows for sure, and there seems to be very little evidence available to make any sort of judgment.