Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past
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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Overview

National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe.

In Archaeology from Space, Sarah Parcak shows the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. 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 urgently essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures.

Parcak has worked in twelve countries and four continents, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery to identify thousands of previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even potential pyramids. From there, her stories take us back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans whose traits and genes we share. And she shows us that if we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250198297
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 76,071
File size: 38 MB
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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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