Sarah Parcak is a “Space Archaeologist” and the 2016 TED Prize winner. Using satellite imagery and a complex process she developed, Sarah has identified thousands of undiscovered archeological sites across the globe.
Inspired by her grandfather, an early pioneer of aerial photography, Sarah took an interest in remote sensing while studying Egyptology at Yale. She has worked on archaeological projects across the globe, and she has discovered more than three-thousand missing settlements, over one-thousand tombs, and the lost city of Tanis. She also wrote the first textbook on the field of satellite archaeology, Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology, and she is the author of Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past. Kirkus Reviews calls Archaeology from Space a “must-read,” and writes, “A renowned space archaeologist gives readers an insider’s look at her field, which is basically Indiana Jones meets cutting-edge satellite technology…this book elicits that anything-is-possible feeling.”
Sarah serves as the Founder and President of Globalxplorer, a non-profit dedicated to using cutting edge technologies to protect and preserve our shared cultural heritage. She is the co-Director of the Joint Lisht Mission with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, which focuses on the excavation and survey of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom capital. Sarah also serves as the founding director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Young Global Leader, TED Senior Fellow, and a recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Explorer’s Club Lowell Thomas Award.
She lives in Alabama with her husband Greg Mumford, her son Gabriel, and beloved cats.