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Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert CountyGeorgia, in the United States. A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts: BabylonianClassical GreekSanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Georgia Guidestones
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Chinese and Arabic inscriptions of the Georgia Guidestones

Coordinates 34°13′55″N 82°53′40″W
Location Elbert County, Georgia, US
Material Granite
Height 19′ 3″ (5.87 m)
Opening date March 1980

The monument stands at an approximate elevation of 750 feet above sea level, about 90 miles (140 km) east of Atlanta, 45 miles (72 km) from Athens, and 9 miles (14 km) north of the center of the city of Elberton.

One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones. The structure is sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge“.[1] The monument is 19 feet 3 inches (5.87 m) tall, made from six granite slabs weighing 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg) in all.[2] The designer and meaning of the Guidestones are unknown, leading to speculation and conspiracy theory.

History

Description

Explanatory tabletEdit

An explanatory tablet is set alongside the stones

A few feet to the west of the monument, an additional granite ledger has been set level with the ground. This tablet identifies the structure and the languages used on it, lists various facts about the size, weight, and astronomical features of the stones, the date it was installed, and the sponsors of the project. It also speaks of a time capsule buried under the tablet, but spaces on the stone reserved for filling in the dates on which the capsule was buried and is to be opened have not been inscribed, so it is uncertain if the time capsule was put in place.

The complete text of the explanatory tablet is detailed below. The tablet is somewhat inconsistent with respect to punctuation, misspells the word “pseudonym”, and incorrectly uses the adjective “hieroglyphic” as a plural noun. The original spelling, punctuation, and line breaks in the text have been preserved in the transcription which follows (letter case is not). At the top center of the tablet is written:

The Georgia Guidestones
Center cluster erected March 22, 1980

Immediately below this is the outline of a square, inside which is written:

Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason

Around the edges of the square are written the names of four ancient languages, one per edge. Starting from the top and proceeding clockwise, they are: Babylonian (in cuneiform script), Classical GreekSanskrit and Ancient Egyptian (in hieroglyphs).

The Guidestones’ “Astronomic Features”

Undated instructions for the site’s time capsule

On the left side of the tablet is the following column of text:

Astronomic Features
1. Channel through stone
indicates celestial pole
2. Horizontal slot indicates
annual travel of sun
3. Sunbeam through capstone
marks noontime throughout
the year

Author: R.C. Christian
(a pseudonyn) [sic]

Sponsors: A small group
of Americans who seek
the Age of Reason

Time Capsule
Placed six feet below this spot
On
To be opened on

The words appear as shown under the time capsule heading; no dates are engraved.

Physical dataEdit

On the right side of the tablet is the following column of text (metric conversions added):

PHYSICAL DATA

1. OVERALL HEIGHT – 19 FEET 3 INCHES [5.87 m].
2. TOTAL WEIGHT – 237,746 POUNDS [107,840 kg].
3. FOUR MAJOR STONES ARE 16 FEET,
   FOUR INCHES [4.98 m] HIGH, EACH WEIGHING
   AN AVERAGE OF 42,437 POUNDS [19,249 kg].
4. CENTER STONE IS 16 FEET, FOUR-
   INCHES [4.98 m] HIGH, WEIGHS 20,957
   POUNDS [9,506 kg].
5. CAPSTONE IS 9-FEET, 8-INCHES [2.95 m]
   LONG, 6-FEET, 6-INCHES [1.98 m] WIDE;
   1-FOOT, 7-INCHES [0.48 m] THICK. WEIGHS
   24,832 POUNDS [11,264 kg].
6. SUPPORT STONES (BASES) 7-FEET,
   4 INCHES [2.24 m] LONG 2-FEET [0.61 m] WIDE.
   1 FOOT, 4-INCHES [0.41 m] THICK, EACH
   WEIGHING AN AVERAGE OF 4,875
   POUNDS [2,211 kg].
7. SUPPORT STONE (BASE) 4-FEET,
   2½ INCHES [1.28 m] LONG, 2-FEET, 2-INCHES [0.66 m]
   WIDE, 1-FOOT, 7-INCHES [0.48 m] THICK.
   WEIGHT 2,707 POUNDS [1,228 kg].
8. 951 CUBIC FEET [26.9 m³] GRANITE.
9. GRANITE QUARRIED FROM PYRAMID
   QUARRIES LOCATED 3 MILES [5 km] WEST
   OF ELBERTON, GEORGIA.

Guidestone languagesEdit

Below the two columns of text is written the caption “GUIDESTONE LANGUAGES”, with a diagram of the granite slab layout beneath it. The names of eight modern languages are inscribed along the long edges of the projecting rectangles, one per edge. Starting from due north and moving clockwise around so that the upper edge of the northeast rectangle is listed first, they are EnglishSpanishSwahiliHindiHebrewArabicChinese, and Russian. At the bottom center of the tablet is the following text:

Additional information available at Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit
College Avenue
Elberton, Georgia

Astronomical featuresEdit

The four outer stones are oriented to mark the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle.[9] The center column features a hole drilled at an angle from one side to the other, through which can be seen the North Star, a star whose position changes only very gradually over time. The same pillar has a slot carved through it which is aligned with the Sun’s solstices and equinoxes. A 7/8″ aperture in the capstone allows a ray of sun to pass through at noon each day, shining a beam on the center stone indicating the day of the year.[2]

Interpretations

Notes

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==Explanatory tablet==

[[File:Georgia Guidestones 10.jpg|thumb|An explanatory tablet is set alongside the stones]]

A few feet to the west of the monument, an additional granite ledger has been set level with the ground. This tablet identifies the structure and the languages used on it, lists various facts about the size, weight, and astronomical features of the stones, the date it was installed, and the sponsors of the project. It also speaks of a [[time capsule]] buried under the tablet, but spaces on the stone reserved for filling in the dates on which the capsule was buried and is to be opened have not been inscribed, so it is uncertain if the time capsule was put in place.
The complete text of the explanatory tablet is detailed below.  <!–  The accompanying image shows the overall layout.–>  The tablet is somewhat inconsistent with respect to punctuation, misspells the word “pseudonym”, and incorrectly uses the adjective “hieroglyphic” as a plural noun. The original spelling, punctuation, and line breaks in the text have been preserved in the transcription which follows (letter case is not). At the top center of the tablet is written:
{{quote|

The Georgia Guidestones<br />

Center cluster erected March 22, 1980

}}
Immediately below this is the outline of a square, inside which is written:
{{quote|

Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason

}}
Around the edges of the square are written the names of four ancient languages, one per edge. Starting from the top and proceeding clockwise, they are: [[Akkadian language|Babylonian]] (in [[cuneiform]] script), [[Classical Greek]], [[Sanskrit]] and [[Egyptian language|Ancient Egyptian]] (in [[Egyptian hieroglyphics|hieroglyphs]]).
[[File:Georgia Guidestones 04.jpg|thumb|The Guidestones’ “Astronomic Features”]]

[[File:Georgia Guidestones 19.jpg|thumb|Undated instructions for the site’s time capsule]]

On the left side of the tablet is the following column of text:

{{quote|

”’Astronomic Features”'<br />

1. Channel through stone<br />

indicates celestial pole<br />

2. Horizontal slot indicates<br />

annual travel of sun<br />

3. Sunbeam through capstone<br />

marks noontime throughout<br />

the year
”’Author:”’ R.C. Christian<br />

(a pseudonyn) {{sic}}
”’Sponsors:”’ A small group<br />

of Americans who seek<br />

the Age of Reason
”’Time Capsule”'<br />

Placed six feet below this spot<br />

On<br />

To be opened on

}}

The words appear as shown under the time capsule heading; no dates are engraved.
===Physical data===
On the right side of the tablet is the following column of text (metric conversions added):

{{quote|

PHYSICAL DATA

<!– DO NOT use the {{convert}} template in this transcription — this is a direct quotation and the template does not use the same representation as the original stone does.  Also, metric equivalents are not part of the quotation and so must be in square brackets; the template produces parentheses. –> <!– The format really wanted for the continuation lines is a hanging indent. If someone knows how do to that in Wikiformatting, please change it. –>

:1. OVERALL HEIGHT – 19 FEET 3 INCHES [5.87 m].

:2. TOTAL WEIGHT – 237,746 POUNDS [107,840 kg].

:3. FOUR MAJOR STONES ARE 16 FEET,

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;FOUR INCHES [4.98 m] HIGH, EACH WEIGHING

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;AN AVERAGE OF 42,437 POUNDS [19,249 kg].

:4. CENTER STONE IS 16 FEET, FOUR-

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;INCHES [4.98 m] HIGH, WEIGHS 20,957

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;POUNDS [9,506 kg].

:5. CAPSTONE IS 9-FEET, 8-INCHES [2.95 m]

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;LONG, 6-FEET, 6-INCHES [1.98 m] WIDE;

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1-FOOT, 7-INCHES [0.48 m] THICK. WEIGHS

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;24,832 POUNDS [11,264 kg].

:6. SUPPORT STONES (BASES) 7-FEET,

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4 INCHES [2.24 m] LONG 2-FEET [0.61 m] WIDE.

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1 FOOT, 4-INCHES [0.41 m] THICK, EACH

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;WEIGHING AN AVERAGE OF 4,875

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;POUNDS [2,211 kg].

:7. SUPPORT STONE (BASE) 4-FEET,

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2½ INCHES [1.28 m] LONG, 2-FEET, 2-INCHES [0.66 m]

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;WIDE, 1-FOOT, 7-INCHES [0.48 m] THICK.

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;WEIGHT 2,707 POUNDS [1,228 kg].

:8. 951 CUBIC FEET [26.9 m³] GRANITE.

:9. GRANITE QUARRIED FROM PYRAMID

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;QUARRIES LOCATED 3 MILES [5 km] WEST

:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;OF ELBERTON, GEORGIA.

}}
===Guidestone languages===

Below the two columns of text is written the caption “GUIDESTONE LANGUAGES”, with a diagram of the granite slab layout beneath it. The names of eight [[modern languages]] are inscribed along the long edges of the projecting rectangles, one per edge. Starting from due north and moving clockwise around so that the upper edge of the northeast rectangle is listed first, they are [[English language|English]], [[Spanish language|Spanish]], [[Swahili language|Swahili]], [[Hindi]], [[Hebrew language|Hebrew]], [[Arabic language|Arabic]], [[Chinese language|Chinese]], and [[Russian language|Russian]]. At the bottom center of the tablet is the following text:
{{quote|

Additional information available at Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit<br />

College Avenue<br />

Elberton, Georgia

}}
===Astronomical features===

The four outer stones are oriented to mark the limits of the 18.6 year [[Lunar standstill|lunar declination cycle]].<ref name=GeorgiaMountains>{{cite web|url=http://www.georgiamountains.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156&Itemid=28|title=Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association|work=Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association}}</ref>  The center column features a hole drilled at an angle from one side to the other, through which can be seen the [[North Star]], a star whose position changes only very gradually over time. The same pillar has a slot carved through it which is aligned with the Sun’s [[solstices]] and [[equinoxes]]. A 7/8″ aperture in the [[Coping (architecture)|capstone]] allows a ray of sun to pass through at noon each day, shining a beam on the center stone indicating the day of the year.<ref name=”Sullivan 2009″/>

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