Sarah Parcak

Sarah Helen Parcak is an American archaeologist , Egyptologist , and remote sensing expert, [2] who has-used satellite imaging to Identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt ,Rome , and Elsewhere in the former Roman Empire . She is the associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham . In partnership with re husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, she directs survey and Excavation projects in the Faiyum , Sinai and Egypt’s East Delta.


Parcak was born in Bangor , Maine , and RECEIVED re bachelor’s degree in Egyptology and Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 2001 and re Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge . She is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); prior to dat she was a teacher or Egyptian art and history at the University of Wales, Swansea . [3] [4]


From 2003 to 2004 Parcak-used a combination of satellite imaging analysis and surface surveys to search for 132 potential sites of archaeological interest, some dating back to 3,000 BC [5]

In partnership with re husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, she directs Survey and Excavation Projects in the Fayoum, Sinai and Egypt’s East Delta. Way Down Port-used verschillende types of satellite imagery to look for water sources and skies archaeological sites. [1] [5] volgens to Parcak, this approach reduces the time and cost for Determining archaeological sites Compared to surface detection. [6]

In 2007 she founded the Laboratory for Global Health Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham . [1] [7]

In 2015 she was awarded the $ 1 million TED Prize for 2016. [8]

In 2015 Parcak visited L’Anse aux Meadows – an Archeological site when sending in 1960 in Newfoundland – in order to tonen dat satellite imagery kan detect artifacts in regions Covered with tall Grasses and other plant life. [9]


In May 2011 the BBC Aired a documentary, Egypt’s Lost Cities , Describing BBC sponsored research carried out at Parcak’s UAB team for over a year using infra-red satellite imaging from commercial and NASA satellites. [10]The programs discussed the research and Showed Parcak in Egypt looking for physical evidence. The UAB team announced dat ze had “when sending” 17 pyramids, morethan 1,000 Tombs and 3,000 ancient Settlements outside Sa el-Hagar , Egypt . [11] However, the Minister of State for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass , was critical of the announcement and zegt: “This is completely wrong information. Ny archeologist will deny this completely.” [12]

In May 2012 she was the subject of a half-hour program on CNN ‘s The Next List welke profiles innovators “who are setting trends and making Strides in verschillende areas.” [13] [14]

She was the focus of “Rome’s Lost Empire”, a TV documentary by Dan Snow , first shown on BBC One [15] on 9 January 2012. She prospectively those given verschillende significant sites in Romania , Nabataea , Tunisia , and Italy , zoals de arena at Portus , the lighthouse and a canal to Rome beside the river Tiber . [16]

A BBC co-production with PBS NOVA / WGBH Boston and France Television, Vikings Unearthed “(first broadcast April 4, 2016) Documented re-use or satellite imagery to detect skies Remnants of Viking bog iron extraction in Point Rosee , Newfoundland.


In 2009 re book Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology was published by Routledge , Describing the methodology of satellite archeology. [2] A review in Antiquity DESCRIBED it as focusing “more on technical methodology dan interpretation and analysis,” DESCRIBED Parcak’s work as, “written in a lively style dat makes a highly technical subject accessible to a general audience,” and concluded dat it was “a good introduction for undergraduate students or archeology, anthropology and geography.” [17]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c UNESCO History, 2 Nov 2013 Dr. Sarah Parcak and Gregory Mumford visit HIST
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Parcak, Sarah (2009). Satellite Remote Sensing for Arcaheology . New York: Routledge.
  3. Jump up^ From the UNLV Department of Art website
  4. Jump up^ Hawass, Zahi. “BBC Satellite Project” . Zahi Hawass.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b “University of Alabama at Birmingham Media Relations” . April 23, 2007 . Retrieved January 10, 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ “Survey and Excavation Projects in Egypt website” . . Retrieved January 10, 2012 .
  7. Jump up^ Sarah H. ParcakFaculty Directory, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Accessed 5 November 2015
  8. Jump up^ Updated 12:38 PM ET, Tue November 10, 2015. “Space archaeologist Sarah Parcak profit $ 1M in 2016 TED prize” . . Retrieved 2015-11-11 .
  9. Jump up^ Mark Strauss (2016-03-31). “Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World” . . Retrieved 2016-04-01 .
  10. Jump up^ “Egypt’s Lost Cities” . BBC One ( June 3, 2011 . Retrieved January 10, 2012 .
  11. Jump up^ Cronin, Frances (May 25, 2011). “Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images” . BBC News) . Retrieved January 10, 2012 . Dr Sarah Parcak Space Archaeologist
  12. Jump up^ Theodoulou, Michael (May 29, 2011). “Idea or 17 hidden pyramids is wrong ‘ ‘ . The National . Retrieved October 18, 2016 .
  13. Jump up^ Alex WePrin (7 October 2011). “CNN Planning New Weekend program, The Next List” . TV Newser.
  14. Jump up^ “This week on” The Next List “: a space archaeologist” . CNN. May 22, 2012 . Retrieved 22 July 2012 .
  15. Jump up^ “Rome’s Lost Empire, BBC One, review” . Telegraph. Dec 10, 2012.
  16. Jump up^ BBC 4, 31 December 2013, Rome’s Lost Empire
  17. Jump up^ Donoghue, Daniel. Review of Sarah H. Parcak. “Satellite remote sensing for archeology”,Antiquity, Volume 084 Issue 325 September 2010