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Dr. Sarah Helen Parcak
Professor and Founder, Globalxplorer, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sarah Parcak is an archaeologist and Egyptologist who has worked on excavations across the globe since 1999. Sarah is the author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology (Routledge 2009) and Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past (Henry Holt 2019) as well as many peer-reviewed academic papers. She is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a National Geographic Society Explorer, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and winner of the 2016 TED Prize. Sarah serves as founder and president of Globalxplorer, a nonprofit dedicated to using cutting-edge technologies to protect and preserve cultural heritage. She co-directs the Joint Lisht Mission with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, which focuses on the excavation and survey of Egypt's Middle Kingdom capital. Her research has been featured in BBC-Discovery Channel and PBS-Nova documentaries. Sarah’s work as an archaeologist specializes in the use of diverse space and aerial-based platforms to map and model ancient landscapes. This has helped her understand better how and why past cultures grew or collapsed in the face of social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. More of Sarah’s work can be seen on her website and on Twitter @indyfromspace.

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