In June 1979, the American construction firm Elberton Granite Finishing Company received a strange order from a man who identified himself as Robert Christian. Within a year, according to the provided drawings, an unusual monument was manufactured and installed in Elbert County in Georgia, an unusual monument, later called the Georgia Tablets, it is also sometimes called "American Stonehenge". It is a large granite monument that contains inscriptions in twelve of the most common modern languages.
The height of the monument is almost 6.1 meters, it consists of six granite slabs with a total weight of about 100 tons. One slab is located in the center, four around it. The final slab sits on top of these five slabs aligned with astronomical events. Not far to the west of the monument, on the ground, there is a stone tablet with an inscription about the history of the origin and purpose of the Tablets.
The inscription on the monument consists of ten commandments and is engraved in 8 modern languages, one language on each side of the four vertical slabs. If you walk around the building clockwise from the north, then the order of languages is as follows: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
Duplicated in various languages, the inscription reads:
Let the earthly population never exceed 500, 000, 000, being in constant balance with nature.
Manage fertility wisely, adding value to life preparation and human diversity.
Let's find a new living language that can unite humanity.
Be tolerant in matters of feelings, faith, traditions, and the like.
Let just laws and an impartial court stand up for the protection of peoples and nations.
Let each nation decide its own internal affairs by submitting national problems to the magistrate's court.
Avoid petty litigation and useless officials.
Maintain a balance between personal rights and social responsibilities.
Above all, value truth, beauty, love, striving for harmony with infinity.
Do not be a cancer for the earth, leave a place for nature too.
The monument is located at the highest point of the hill (1). The face with a slot in the central column faces east (2). The four main plates are oriented in accordance with the annual cycle of the Sun across the sky. The central slab-column has a hole (3) through which you can see the North Star at any time of the year, as well as a hole aligned with the solar solstices and equinoxes. Through a hole (4) just over 2 cm in size in the upper roof slab, sunlight enters daily at noon, hitting the central stone and indicating the day of the year.
More than a quarter of a century has passed since Georgia's guiding stones stand, and the names of the sponsors have remained unknown. The land was acquired from the county on October 1, 1979, according to the land registry for Elbert County. The buyers wished to remain anonymous.
The monument was inaugurated on March 22, 1980 in the presence of 400 people. Who were these people? for what purpose was the monument opened? - these and many other questions have not yet been answered. Every year, tens of thousands of tourists come to the town of Elberton to look at a local landmark and read a message to the inhabitants of the Earth.
P.S. In 2008, the monument was vandalized by the local Christian community: its surface was damaged by inscriptions in polyurethane paint. But soon the monument was restored.