Stonehenge in America


The Georgia Guidestones, Elberton, GA’s most unusual granite monument, poses a mystery for the numerous visitors who visit the site seven miles north of Elberton on Georgia Highway 77, and also a philosophical message providing guides for the preservation of mankind. Known as the Stonehenge of America, the Guidestones are mysterious in origin, for no one knows the identity of a group of sponsors who provided the specifications for the 19-foot high monument. This monument is a massive granite monument espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations. Sources for the sizable financing of the project choose to remain anonymous. The wording of the message proclaimed on the monument is in 12 languages, including the Archaic languages of Sanscrit, Babylonian Cuneiform, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Classical Greek, as well as English, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Spanish and Swahili. The guides, followed by explanatory precepts, are as follows. The words here are exactly as the Sponsors provided them.  The Guidestones Explained
  • Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Means the entire human race at its climax level for permanent balance with nature.
  • Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
Without going into details as yet undiscovered, this means humanity should apply reason and knowledge to guiding its own reproduction. Fitness could be translated as health. Diversity could be translated as variety.
  • Unite humanity with a living new language.
A living language grows and changes with advancing knowledge. A new language will be developed de novo – and need not necessarily be adapted from any languages now in existence.
  • Rule Passion-Faith-Tradition-and all things with tempered reason.
Faith here may be used in a religious sense. Too often people are ruled by blind faith even when it may be contrary to reason. Reason must be tempered with compassion here – but must prevail.
  • Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Courts must consider justice as well as law.
  • Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
Individual nations must be free to develop their own destinies at home as their own people wish – but cannot abuse their neighbors.
  • Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Self explanatory.
  • Balance personal rights with social duties.
Individuals have a natural concern for their personal welfare, but man is a social animal and must also be concerned for the group. Failure of society means failure for its individual citizens.
  • Prize truth-beauty-love-seeking harmony with the infinite.
The infinite here means the supreme being – whose will is manifest in the workings of the cosmos – if we will seek for it.
  • Be not a cancer on the earth-Leave room for nature.
In our time, the growth of humanity is destroying the natural conditions of the earth which have fostered all existing life. We must restore reasoned balance.
Astronomical Aspects (Guidestones cont.)The four large upright blocks pointing outward are oriented to the limits of the migration of the moon during the course of a year.
  • An eye-level, oblique hole is drilled from the South to the North side of the center, Gnomen stone so that the North Star is always visible, symbolizing the constancy and orientation with the forces of nature.
  • A slot is cut in the middle of the Gnomen stone to form a window which aligns with the positions of the rising sun at the Summer and Winter Solstices and at the Equinox so that the noon sun shines to indicate noon on a curved line.
  • The capstone includes a calendar of sorts where sunlight beams through a 7/8 inch hole at noon and shines on the South face of the center stone. As the sun makes its travel cycle, the spot beamed through the hole can tell the day of the year at noon each day. Allowances are made because of variations between standard time and sun time to set the beam of sunlight at the equation of time.
  • The site, 7.2 miles north of Elberton on Highway 77, was chosen because it commands a view to the East and to the West and is within range of the Summer and Winter sunrises and sunsets. The stones are oriented in those directions.

About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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3 Responses to Stonehenge in America

  1. Yesterday: UFO Welcome center in Bowman, SC an hour from my house (Greenwood, SC)
    Today: American Stonehenge in Elberton, GA an hour in the other direction.
    Two weeks ago, I didn’t even know these places existed.

    Out of this World!!!

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