[OSM-talk] stop deleting abandoned railroads

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 13:08:41 UTC 2015

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> Am 15.08.2015 um 13:55 schrieb Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>:
> What about roman roads which are no longer visible without remote sensing or ground penetrating radar? Are we suggesting they also have no place in OSM?

actually I am living in an area with a lot of ancient roman roads, even if most of them are now covered by modern roman roads (roads tend to remain on the same place if it was originally chosen well, what is typically the case for ancient roman (and other like etruscan) roads), there are some spots where the old paving comes to light (often on purpose with an educational / exemplary motivation), one infamous example is a cycleway I used to take, where the roman paving (for 2 meters or so) was a major nuisance ;-).   --- for sure they don't dare to try this on a road.

To make it short: I only tag those parts of ancient roman roads as such, which can still be recognized as roman road (i.e. ancient paving still present).  

Btw: I don't find the tagging historic=roman_road particularly well chosen. Shall we use a different value for every ancient culture that built roads? IMHO not, I suggest to use historic=road together with historic:civilization=* for ancient roads (currently used 10 times fewer).

See here for current geographical distribution of this tag:

On the other hand, I do add old_name tags to objects if I am aware of it, despite the fact that you mostly won't find them on the literal ground (but they are of course verifiable by anyone who seriously tries to).


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