posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 01:26 AM
I came across this website by accident - it is interesting to see one's work thru other people's eyes. First off, I'd like to thank whoever the
volunteer is - we could not have done our work without your contribution. Secondly, I'd like to thank the open-minded folks who at least entertained
the idea of using wind to erect the monuments of antiquity. You cannot believe the vilification I have received from Egyptologists and couch-potatoes,
and the animated encouragement from engineers. I am moving ahead just to see what we can discover - science for the love of science. If anyone cares,
this is a self-funded project - the personal sacrifices have been enormous.
I am currently testing traction-sails made of both linen and silk. I have been challenged to construct a pyramid in the Mojave desert of 2-ton stones
using 100% ancient materials. Although silk was found on mummies as far back as 3000 BC, that is still well after the pryamids were built. However,
the ancient Egyptians had a technique (which we cannot replicate) of weaving linen so fine you could still see the nude human form under 7-layers. We
will take the kite, hemp rope, hand-carved marble rope brake, log rollers and wooden ramp out into the desert to see what we can accomplish this fall.
One of the things that keeps me motivated is a quote from Schoenborn:
"Truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Secondly, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident".
I feel that the Egyptians were mariners, the folks of Easter Island were mariners, and the people that sailed the blue-stones to Stonehenge were
mariners. Somewhere, if we explore a little bit more, we might understand how they simply and easily harnessed the wind. As someone said earlier (and
I can speak from direct field experience) it is a whole lot easier to use the wind than it is to push or pull multi-ton stones. When you see a single
kite pull a two ton stone along log rollers, pull it up a ramp, then gently lift it over other stones, without one person pushing or pulling, it makes
you appreciate the power of nature. It makes you rethink some of the myths of antiquty, for example Geoffry Monmouth in 1137 AD who said Merlin
"moved the stones (of Stonehenge) from Ireland in one night in a whirlwind". Maybe instead of inventing fairy tales, they were trying to tell us
Thank all who took the time to watch the documenary. Wish me luck.
Dr. Maureen Clemmons