Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist. She uses satellite imagery to track looted ancient burial sites and find pyramids hidden under Egyptian cities. Now, she has bigger plans: to launch a worldwide campaign to make all of us space archaeologists.
She will be doing it through a digital platform called Global Xplorer, which will utilize crowdsourcing and satellite images to discover and protect unknown archaeological sites around the world.
Parcak promises both a smartphone app and a desktop platform for use in classrooms. Not only does this have exciting implications for the world of archaeology, it is also a big deal for educators and students, allowing students to better understand an important field in a hands on way.
Support Parcak’s initiative here.
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