A new interpretation of the 3000 year old Tugalo Stone, located in Northeastern Georgia (USA) has revealed it to have a multitude of functions:
It is a solstice stone marking the summer solstice (June 21) with specific Celt-Iberian language and using the star constellations of Orion and Auriga to show the Summer Solstice sunrise between the two constellations.
It is a map-making navigational aid for travellers from the tip of Spain and North Africa, including the use of star constellations, the North Star and the sun pictured with carvings of phoenecian-style ships. The directions indicate crossing with the prevailing late spring winds (hurricane season today)
On the reverse side are navigational instructions for the return up the eastern U.S. coast and crossing to England.
The stone was originally located (in 1814) on a strategic mound alongside the Tugalo River (Headwaters of the Savannah River, a major river leading to the Gold and Copper mining areas) There is evidence that the stone was used to make copies for travellers to take maps.
Petroglyph and ancient language researcher Thomas D. Cox made these discoveries.