Sarah Parcak:
Help discover ancient ruins — before it's too late

TED2016 · 21:48 · Filmed Feb 2016
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Sarah Parcak: Archaeology from space

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Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There's a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we've excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what's out there. Now, with the 2016 TED Prize and an infectious enthusiasm for archaeology, she's developed an online platform called GlobalXplorer that enables anyone with an internet connection to discover unknown sites and protect what remains of our shared human inheritance.

Satellite archaeologist + TED Prize winner
Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, her wish is to protect the world’s shared cultural heritage. Full bio
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Sarah Parcak has a bold TED Prize wish: to build a citizen science platform for archaeology and train a 21st century virtual army to help analyze satellite imagery. Learn more at

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