Archaeology From Space
Wednesday, November 9 | 4:30pm | Auditorium
Sarah Parcak Space Archaeologist & Egyptologist
The scientific field of space archaeology is fairly new and one that Sarah Parcak helped pioneer. She is credited with being the first Egyptologist to use satellite imaging to identify new archaeological sites in Egypt. As an Egyptologist, Parcak’s focus is on using these satellite images to locate buried temples, tombs, roads, and even entire cities that were once part of ancient Egyptian civilization. She wants to help reveal and preserve human history to help humans better understand who they are and why they are here.
About the Speaker
Among her many roles, Sarah Parcak is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, founding director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation (LGHO), and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. As an Egyptologist, Parcak studies the archaeology—culture and history—of ancient Egypt, a civilization in northeastern Africa lasting from 3200 BCE to about 400 CE. Since her research includes the use of satellite imagery and remote sensing/GIS (geographic information system) technologies to locate and map her study sites, she is also known as a satellite, or space, archaeologist.
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