Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Sarah Parcak

Affiliation: University of Alabama, Birmingham

Sarah H. Parcak is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds her degrees with Yale University (B.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.), and is noted for being the first Egyptologist to use satellite imaging to identify new archaeological sites in Egypt. Her areas of specialization are satellite archaeology, ancient Egypt, remote sensing/GIS, the ancient Near East, Landscape archaeology, ecological issues, and survey methodology. 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.

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