The Georgia Guide Stones – a mysterious set of granite blocks engraved with instructions for the survivors of some suture apocalypse – have been described as a Satanic monument, a message from the new World Order, as well as a failed tourist attraction.

No-one can be sure what the original intent of the creators of the stones might have been, because they have never been identified.

Shane Cashman , host of paranormal podcast series Tales From the Inverted World, told the Daily Star: "The creators were “probably a local group from Elberton who got together in secret, pooled their money, and erected the things under the auspices of guiding humanity wisely after a global catastrophe."

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The strange story of the stones began in 1979, when a man calling himself Robert C. Christian, who claimed to represent "a small group of loyal Americans”, walked into the Elberton Granite Finishing Company in Georgia, USA, and told boss Joe Fendley he wanted to build a massive granite monument capable of "withstanding catastrophic events”.

Fendley, believing the man was “a nut,” quoted Christian a wildly high figure, expecting the price to put him off. Christian didn’t turn a hair and handed over the money – a still-undisclosed sum believed to have been in the region of $100,000 (around £365,000 in today’s money).

Christian told Fendley that the structure would serve future generations a compass, calendar, and a cosmic clock.

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Once the deal was done Christian handed Fendley a detailed model and a set of specifications and left, telling him: "You'll never see me again."

Even before ground was broken for the unusual monument, rumours swirled about what it might mean.

One local priest, James Travenstead, believed that "occult groups" would flock to the “American Stonehenge”, warning his parishioners that "someday a sacrifice will take place here."

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People who were inclined to see the stones’ occult connection were encouraged in that belief by Charlie Clamp, a local artisan who had been tasked with carving inscriptions in eight different languages on the stones.

As he spent many hours etching the instructions to some future generation, Clamp claimed he had been constantly distracted by "strange music and disjointed voices.”

One of the most controversial of the stones’ instructions was to “maintain humanity’s [population] under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."

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Five hundred million is something like one-fifteenth of the current world population. Some have seen the guide stone commandments as an instruction to eugenics or even genocide.

“Whether or not it's for our current civilisation to use as a guide or for a post-apocalyptic civilization to use, the idea that any one authority wants to ‘guide reproduction wisely’ is concerning,” Shane told us. “I don't know if they mean it in terms of genocide or in terms of eugenics, but either way is disturbing…”

Opposition to the monument first took the form of vandalism. Paint was splashed on the granite structure. Graffiiti, with slogans such as "Death to the new world order” had to be washed off regularly.

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One local politician, Kandiss Taylor, made the demolition of the stones part of her campaign when she ran for governor of Georgia.

Shane said: "Although she lost, she had a sizeable following.

“She truly believes the Guidestones were a symbol of Satan. She interprets the Guidetones as a call for genocide. She promised that if elected governor she'd bulldoze the Guidestones. She called it Executive Order Number 10 – as in it'd be the tenth thing she did once in office.”

At around 4am on July 6, a person or person unknown detonated a bomb at the base of one of the 19-foot-tall slabs destroying it completely. The remaining stones were so weakened they had to be removed.

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“There were a ton of rumours in the immediate aftermath of the bombing,” says Shane.

“At the time, I still had some connections to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and some of the local Sheriff's departments. I was hearing all types of wild theories.

“Some were saying it was an ‘anti-globalist’ – you know, someone who sees the Stones as a symbol for the New World Order. I also heard it might've been the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).

“Then I heard it was someone the police might've known–and that they were helping to cover it up. And then… radio silence. I don't know if it was because I was asking too many questions, or that I kept calling, but suddenly, everyone stopped talking."

The stones were removed – some say to be placed in storage, others say they were broken up entirely.

The true end of the Georgia Guide Stones remains as mysterious as their beginning.

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