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Satellite archaeologist awarded 2016 TED prize

last modified Nov 13, 2015 08:01 AM
Sarah Parcak announced as winner of the 2016 TED prize for her work to combat global looting of archaeological sites using satellite technology

Former University of Cambridge PhD student Sarah Parcak's 'wish' to help uncover and protect the world's hidden cultural heritage has earnt her a $1 million TED prize to develop her work.

Parcak founded the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama and gained international attention in 2011 when she satellite-mapped Egypt, identifying thousands of undiscovered sites.  She is now using satellite data to fight the looting happening at archaeological sites across the Middle East.

Says Parcak: “The last four and half years have been horrific for archaeology. I’ve spent a lot of time, as have many of my colleagues, looking at the destruction. This Prize is not about me. It’s about our field. It’s about the thousands of men and women around the world, particularly in the Middle East, who are defending and protecting sites.”

The TED Prize is awarded to an individual with a wish to spark global change.  Parcak will talk about how she plans to use the prize money on 16th February 2016 during the TED2016 conference


Posted 12/11/2015

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research