Sarah Parcak has been called 'a modern-day Indiana Jones, armed with satellite images'. She has helped locate 17 potential pyramids in Egypt. She's also identified 3,100 forgotten settlements & 1,000 lost tombs, and made major discoveries throughout the Roman Empire and Viking world. Sarah is a National Geographic Fellow and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Sarah is a space archeologist. She takes images collected from 450 miles above the Earth’s surface, and analyzes them using complex algorithms to see subtle changes in the vegetation below. These changes often signal manmade sites and structures, hidden from view. Sarah wrote the textbook on this discipline — Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology — and was the first to apply it to Egyptology. Her methods could help locate hundreds of thousands, even millions, of undiscovered ancient sites. Not just in Egypt, but around the world.
The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, Sarah Parcak has a big idea to accelerate our ability to locate and protect ancient sites.
Her vision: GlobalXplorer°, an online platform that uses the power of the crowd to analyze the incredible wealth of satellite images currently available. It's a wish about the wonders of archaeological discovery and our connection to the past. And it’s just the beginning. Through partnerships with TED, DigitalGlobe, and National Geographic, the GlobalXplorer° platform will launch in early 2017. With additional funding from the TED community and other supporters, Sarah aims to revolutionize how modern archaeology is done altogether, by creating a global network of citizen explorers, opening field schools to guide archaeological preservation on the ground, and even launching a satellite designed with archaeology in mind.
So far, Sarah’s methods have proved over 90% successful in producing significant discoveries, like:
Satellite imagery provided by DigitalGlobe.
A Message from Sarah: