Monumental Mysteries: The Georgia Guidestones, an Introduction

On a hill outside of the small town of Elberton, GA, is one of the nation’s most peculiar monuments – a collection of 6 stones, engraved with cryptic messages, in a dozen languages. What do they say? And what is their purpose? Tonight, July 17, 2012 at 9 PM, the Travel Channel seeks answers to the mysteries of the Georgia Guidestones in the premiere of a Mysteries at the Museum special.

The Georgia Guidestones are a collection of standing stones near Elberton, Georgia. Built in 1980, they are primarily composed of six slabs of granite: one central pillar, four “major” stones that fan out from the center, and a capstone. The capstone has engravings on all four of its sides in four different ancient languages, all of which read, “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason,” when translated. The major stones are each engraved on both sides, and each side contains text in one of eight modern languages asserting ten guidelines.

These guidelines have proven extremely controversial, causing speculation and rumors of conspiracy that go far beyond northeast Georgia.

The Georgia Guidestones are at once a Rosetta Stone, an astronomical observatory, and a road map for rebuilding civilization. Theories of conspiracy, occultism, and apocalypse surround this monument, and it has been called a “prism of meaning” by many who have studied it. At the heart of this confusion is the missing piece of the puzzle: who was the mystery man that designed and funded the project?

Conspiracy theorists surmise a global plot on the part of shadowy group of men to reduce and subjugate the world’s population and create a “New World Order.” Others believe that the man behind the monument was a Rosicrucian, and that the stones are representative of that group’s occult manifestos. Are the stones proof of a Satanic conspiracy or a testament to a Cold War psychology of nuclear annihilation?

Historian and Georgia native Raymond Wiley was interviewed for The History Channel’s “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” about the Guidestones and is a principal expert for a feature length documentary currently in production. With local writer K.T. Prime he has written the definitive account of America’s most famous megalithic monument.

The expert they turn to? Raymond Wiley, author of The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Most Mysterious Movement. In lieu of a clip from the show (sorry, they haven’t made one available yet), here’s Raymond at the Guidestones giving us the scoop on their purpose:

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