Sarah Parcak

Navigating Space Archaeology

Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist. And, with National Geographic’s help, she wants you to be one, too. An Egyptologist by training (that’s the “archaeologist” part of her title), Parcak uses satellite imagery (there’s the “space” part) ...

Ever Dreamed of Being an Archaeologist?

Growing up, I was obsessed with Indiana Jones—and today, I’m lucky enough to be an archaeologist who digs regularly in Egypt. Now, I get to help others live out the dream with GlobalXplorer. Here are some of their ...

How New Technology Accelerates the Search for Ancient Sites

Citizen scientists have discovered a cluster of galaxies millions of light years away. They’ve logged data that proved there was citywide lead contamination in the water in Flint, Michigan. They’ve rallied attention to a mass die-off of sea ...

The Fellowship of the Dig: Life as an Archaeologist in the Field

I’ve recently come to a surprising—nay, “fantastic”—realization about the lives of archaeologists. On digs, we live like hobbits. The day begins very, very early. Early-rising is key because you only get to work as long as the ...

An Archaeology Summer Reading List

Summer, for me, means the thrill of archaeological digs. Plus, archaeological reading. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Parcak) It’s summertime, which means: summer reading. Specifically, summer reading that sends me to far off places, and lets me daydream of being ...

Lust for Loot: Collecting Is Driving the Demand for Plunder

Last October, a story caught my attention. The Green family, best known for owning the craft store Hobby Lobby, was under investigation for the “illicit importation of cultural heritage from Iraq.” According to The Daily Beast, US customs officers had ...

Putting TED2016’s Biggest Ideas to Work for Archaeology

Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak got feedback on her vision of launching a citizen science platform for archaeology after speaking at TED2016. She appreciated the chance to learn from “the collective wisdom” of people in a wide variety of fields. Photo ...