Parcak’s book offers a peek into a life spent in ruins

Written by  Alicia

Sarah Parcak 2017 14 1Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., professor of anthropologyIn her newly released book, “Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past,” Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, demystifies the extraordinary new world of space archaeology — a field that has transformed our ability to rediscover and understand ancient civilizations.

Parcak’s remote-sensing work, which has been the focus of three BBC specials covering Egypt, ancient Rome and the Vikings, combines aerial photography with high-tech, infrared satellite images to reveal ancient cities, pyramids and temples that seemingly have become invisible with the passage of time. 

The book is available online in hard copy or ebook, and a 30-page preview is also provided for readers to sample.

AFS Spine No ShadowA book launch will be held in the Birmingham Museum of Art 7 p.m. July 18. 

Parcak, National Geograpic Fellow and 2016 TED Prize winner, is using this event to help raise local awareness and funds for GlobalXplorer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Birmingham, and propel the team’s ongoing work to locate — and protect — the world’s cultural heritage from destruction and looting.

In February, GX announced the fall launch of Expedition: India as the next destination for the citizen-science platform.   

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  • Event Date: July 18