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Sarah H. Parcak

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University Hall (UH) 3162
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Research and Teaching Interests: Archaeology, archaeological science, archaeological theory, landscape archaeology, Egyptian archaeology, Egyptology, remote sensing, GIS, public health

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BA, Yale University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Egyptology) and Archaeological Studies
  • MA, Cambridge University, Trinity College, Department of Archaeology (Egyptian Archaeology)
  • PhD, Cambridge University, Trinity College, Department of Archaeology (Egyptian Archaeology)

Sarah Parcak is from Bangor, Maine. She is a National Geographic Society Archaeology Fellow, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a 2013 TED Senior Fellow. Sarah serves as the founding director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sarah and her husband, Egyptologist Greg Mumford, work together on the Surveys and Excavation Projects in Egypt, which includes archaeological projects in the Delta, Sinai, and pyramid fields regions of Egypt. Sarah has written the first textbook on the field of satellite archaeology, Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology, and has published numerous peer reviewed scientific papers. She is regularly invited to give papers at national and international conferences and symposia. She is also interviewed regularly for national print media (Science, Nature, National Geographic, CNN, BBC). Her research has been featured in two major international BBC-Discovery Chanel Documentaries, "Egypt: What Lies Beneath” and "Rome's Lost Empire." Sarah has worked with NASA and the US State Department, and has collaborators across the globe. She has given 150 talks to a range of audiences worldwide.

Sarah is an avid fan of “football,” as she played varsity football (aka soccer) for Yale and Cambridge, winning her varsity blue and leading Cambridge to a 4-0 defeat of Oxford in the Varsity Match in 2005 with two goals and two assists. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and learning bluegrass guitar.

Scholars @ UAB Profile

  • Recent Courses
    • ANTH 106: Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANTH 207: Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
    • ANTH 422: Landscape Archaeology
    • ANTH 434: Observing the Earth from Space (Introductory Remote Sensing)
    • ANTH 437: Real World Remote Sensing/Remote Sensing and Public Health (Advanced Remote Sensing)
    • ANTH 451: Advanced Archaeological Anthropology{/slider}