Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

by Sarah Parcak


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National Geographic Fellow and TED Prizewinner Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the brave new world of space archaeology, a young, high-tech field making major discoveries about the ancient world.

Dr. Sarah Parcak pioneers the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform how discoveries are made. As an archaeologist, she has worked on remote sensing projects across twelve countries and four continents, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery analysis to identify thousands of potential archaeological sites. These include previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even potential pyramids. She presently directs major crowdsourcing efforts to map ancient civilizations across Peru and India.

In Archaeology from Space, Sarah describes the field’s evolution, major discoveries, and future potential. From surprise advancements after the declassification of spy photography, to a new map of the mythical Egyptian city of Tanis, she shares her field’s biggest discoveries, revealing why space archaeology is not only exciting but also essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures for future generations.

Sarah’s stories take readers back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans who displayed grit, ingenuity, and brilliance across the millennia. We share those same traits, and those same underlying genes. If we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250198280
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 49,650
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Parcak is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, CEO of GlobalXplorer, and director of the Joint Mission to Lisht (Egypt). Her remote sensing work has been the focus of three BBC specials covering Egypt, ancient Rome, and the Vikings. She is a Fellow in the Society of Antiquaries, a 2014 TED Senior Fellow, the winner of the 2016 TED Prize, and a National Geographic Fellow.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Time Capsule 8

2 Space Archaeology 26

3 The Promise of Space Archaeology 44

4 A Risky Business 67

5 Digging in the Wrong Place 87

6 A Grand Tour 104

7 Empires Fall 123

8 A Capital Discovery 145

9 The Future of the Past 165

10 The Challenge 185

11 Stolen Heritage 199

12 Space Archaeology for Everyone 216

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 237

Index 267

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