SOARING STONES

A Kite-Powered Approach

To Building Egypt’s Pyramids


(Nonfiction)

Sometimes the most captivating, fantasy-rich stories are real.  Maureen Clemmons, who innovated, funded, and field-tested a wind construction concept that will amaze you, is a perfect example.  I’ve followed her story from the beginning, and am thrilled to bring it to you now.


It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite.  But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones?


Egyptologists say no.  Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn’t so certain—especially when the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field.  Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons’ stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks.  Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations.  In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple “Eureka!” moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt’s Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids.


She also proves an important point: that you don’t need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist.









#8 on Amazon's Top 100, Oct. 2013

#1 in Ancient Egyptian History, April 2014

A Top 10 Bestseller in Women's Biographies, April 2014


See Video Clips of Clemmons' research


Click here to read Dan's Soaring Stones discussion on the Layered Pages blog  


A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree