About Dr. Clemmons and her work
Dr. Maureen Clemmons theorized the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, utilized the wind not only for sailing, but also for construction. She has been working on this theory after taking note of a January 1997 Smithsonian article about a group of researchers trying to erect a 40-ton obelisk utilizing manpower and A-frames. They manage to raise the obelisk 40-degrees and then were forced to quit. This method did not seem congruent with the intellectual prowess of the ancient Egyptians. 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".
Her most recent demonstration was conducted with the assistance of one hundred (100) architecture students from Cal-Poly, Pomona is designing and constructing a two-hundred (200) ton pyramid in the Mojave Desert. During the course of this research Dr. Clemmons realized ancient Egyptians probably used beer as a soil stabilizer. Furthermore, she realized the importance of many Egyptian symbols, which she believes are actually the tools used to construct monuments. This realization holds the key to proving her kite theory.
Dr. Clemmons holds both a doctorate in Organization Change and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and also sites on the board of Directors for the Traveling Space Museum. In recognition of her work she has been made a fellow of the prestigious Explorer's Club, Wings World Quest and National University and has had the honor of leading two Flag Expeditions for Wings World Quest. She lectured at JPL, NASA, Caltech, the University of North Dakota (UND) Center of Innovation, Seattle Museum of Flight, the Space Frontier Foundation and numerous universities.