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Sarah Parcak: Indiana Jones in Space

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Kingsbury Hall | 1395 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Join us at our 2019 Lecture Series Keynote Talk

Photo of Sarah Parcak holding a pyramid in her hand with an ancient pyramid behind her.
Photo of Sarah Parcak holding a pyramid in her hand with an ancient pyramid behind her.

Sarah Parcak, “space archaeologist” and the 2016 TED Prize winner, has used satellite imagery and complex process – which she developed – to identify thousands of undiscovered archeological sites across the globe. To date, Parcak and her team have found over 3,000 missing settlements, over 1,000 missing tombs, 17 pyramids, and the lost Egyptian city of Tanis.

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Parcak’s work has also uncovered something much more recent – and unfortunate. Using infrared imagery and remote sensing, Parcak’s team has identified thousands of sites where looters have ravaged the world’s ancient archeological marvels.

Her interest in remote sensing began while studying Egyptology at Yale. Now, as the CEO of SpectralGlobe Technologies, she’s putting her 2016 TED Prize winnings to work. GlobalXplorer, an online application developed by Parcak and her team, will let adults and students from around the world work together to uncover the next generation of archeological treasures. By crowdsourcing this endeavor, Parcak hopes to find the great secrets hidden beneath the earth before they’re ruined by looters, war, and natural disasters.

Inspired by her grandfather, who pioneered the practice of aerial photography, Parcak is now at the forefront of a new, archeological revolution. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen, in person, to this award-winning researcher, speaker, and storyteller.

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R. Harold Burton Foundation

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