Sarah Parcak

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) to uncover clues about ancient sites possibly hidden in vegetation and land-use patterns. Processing satellite images in near-infrared…

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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 stars. And today, they will begin mapping Peru, using GlobalXplorer.org to scan specially-processed satellite imagery for signs…

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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 out on a dig. Below, five incredible books for anyone interested in archaeology. The first paints a…

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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 by Marla Aufmuth/TED The TED2016 conference, held in February in Vancouver, was a surreal experience. I’d attended before,…

Human Journey

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