Sarah Parcak, a TED Senior Fellow, uses satellite imagery to discover ancient, previously unknown archaeological sites.

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Sarah Parcak is an archaeologist and Egyptologist, and specializes in making the invisible past visible using 21st-century satellite technology. She co-directs the Survey and Excavation Projects in the Fayoum, Sinai, and Egypt's East Delta with her husband, Dr. Greg Mumford. Parcak is the author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology, the first methods book on satellite archaeology, and her work has seeded several TV documentaries and specials on the BBC, CNN, the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel. She founded and directs the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a TED Senior Fellow.

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TED speakers discuss the 125th anniversary of National Geographic

January 23, 2013

Happy birthday, National Geographic. The intrepid magazine turns 125-years-old this month. Yesterday, NPR’s Talk of the Nation invited TED speakers Robert Ballard and Sarah Parcak on the air to discuss the notable anniversary. Ballard, who is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, talked about a recent expedition to the Black Sea, where he discovered a very well-preserved […]

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TED Fellow and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak heads to ancient Rome

December 7, 2012

TED Fellow Sarah Parcak is a “space archaeologist” who uses infrared technology coupled with satellite imagery to discover previously hidden ancient structures and cities. In this exciting talk from TED2012, she shares how she helped unearth an unknown Ancient Egyptian city through satellite imaging. Now, Parcak is turning her attention to Ancient Rome in a […]

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