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Sarah Parcak

She is the first Egyptologist to use multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery analysis to identify previously unknown archaeological sites.

Parcak has written “Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology” (Routledge 2009) and numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles. She has discovered countless ancient sites and features across the Middle East and Europe, and is presently directing a major crowdsourcing effort to map ancient sites across Peru.

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, and the winner of the 2016 TED Prize.