Post by UKarchaeology on Nov 11, 2015 14:44:25 GMT
At the 2016 TED conference in February, Sarah Parcak will be discussing her project.
"We have a tough road ahead, and one key will be developing more collaborations using new technologies like satellite imagery", says Parcak, who is also an associate professor at the University of Alabama. "Sarah's work honors that-she uses 21st century technology to make the world's ancient, invisible history visible once again", TED Prize Director Anna Verghese said. She and her team have since uncovered thousands of additional ancient sites across Europe, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, and also have used satellite technology to map extensive looting in post-Revolution Egypt.
"But it's not about me, it's about our field and the thousands of men and women around the world, particularly in the Middle East, who are defending and protecting sites". Now, the nonprofit forum TED, famous for its 18-minute talks, has given Parcak its most prestigious prize: $1 million to fund a project of her choice, The NY Times reports. Analysing infrared and satellite imagery with algorithms that note subtle changes to the Earth's surface over time, she has helped locate 17 potential undiscovered pyramids, 1,300 forgotten settlements and 1,000 lost tombs.