Classes Space Exploration: Exploring Earth from Space – Satellites Watching Earth | Societies: Inhabiting Our World (1) Cultures & Ethnicity (2) Civilizations
Goals Challenging Problems: (1) Questions – Reveal the World (2) Physical World – (a) Investigating Earth (b) Space Exploration | CTEs & Disciplines: (1) World History (2) Cultural Studies (3) Earth & Geo Sciences (4) Anthropology & Archeology (5) Human Geography (6) Physical Geography
What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don’t need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites.
Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, aerial photography continued to play an important role in archaeology. But when NASA launched its first satellites it opened up “a completely new world,” for archaeologists in the 1980s and 1990s, Parcak said.
In fact, declassified images from the U.S. government’s Corona spy satellite program, which operated from 1959 to 1972, helped archaeologists in the 1990s to reconstruct the positions of important sites in the Middle East that had since disappeared, eradicated by urban expansion.
Dr. Sarah Parcak introduces the field of “space archaeology”—using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Sarah Parcak developed an online platform called GlobalXplorer that enables anyone with an internet connection to discover unknown sites and protect what remains of our shared human inheritance.
Using satellite imagery, we can fight the loss of our cultural heritage.
Tonight Show host Stephen Colbert interviews Sarah Parcak about “finding” the lost Egyptian city of Tanis.
The city of Tanis is relatively unknown among Egypt’s wealth of historical sites, though it yielded one of the greatest archeological troves ever found. Once the capital of all Egypt, Tanis’s royal tombs have yielded artifacts on par with the treasures of Tutankhamun.
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