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."
Year of Birth: 1957
Hometown: Tariffville, CT
Education: Doctor of Organization Change, Pepperdine University; Executive MBA, Pepperdine University
Occupation: Business and Innovation Consultant
Expeditions: Quartz Hill, California: Erecting a 3.5-ton and 16-ton obelisk using wind as the motive force. 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. They are more adventurous than a box of kittens.
Best Discovery: Ancient civilizations could have harnessed the wind to build monuments composed of megalithic rocks; ancient Egyptians could have used beer as a soil stabilizer and perhaps many of ancient Egyptian symbols had their distant origins as tools.
Favorite Items to Have in the Field: A good knife, good boots, anemometer and my friends and family.
Personal Heroes: Eugene Shoemaker and Eleanor of Acquitaine
Hobbies: Fishing, reading, gardening and camping
Advice: "Perserverence and Skill, Courage and Will are the leaves in Luck's 4-leaf clover" (old saying)
Films: History Channel Documentary "Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones"
Header photo courtesy David McEachan on Pexels.com.