maureen clemmons

Dr. Maureen Clemmons theorized the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, utilized the wind not only for sailing, but also for construction. With her field-tested theory Dr. Clemmons demonstrated how the Egyptians could have used kites to erect heavy objects during construction. She demonstrated this by erecting a 3.5-ton and 16-ton obelisk using wind as the motive force. To do this on a monument scale, she assembled a team, which included the California Institute of Technology, the University del Sol, Cuenavaca, Mexico and Pierce College. Their work is profiled on History Channel Documentary, “Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones.”

Born: 1957

Hometown: Tariffville, CT

Education: Ph.D. in Organizational Change

Occupation: Business and Innovation Consultant

Expeditions: Rosamond, California: Building a 200-ton pyramid using wind with 100 Architecture Students from Cal Poly Pomona, beer as a soil stabilizer, and possible ancient Egyptian symbols as tools

Favorite Place To Be: Anywhere my sisters are

Best Discovery: Ancient civilizations could have harnessed the wind to build monuments composed of megalithic rocks

Favorite Items In The Field: A good knife Personal Heroes: Eugene Shoemaker and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Hobbies: Fishing, reading, gardening

Book: Soaring Stones: A Kite-Powered Approach to Building Egypt’s Pyramids

Advice: “Perseverance and Skill, Courage and Will are the leaves in Luck’s 4-leaf clover” (old saying)