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Dr. Sarah Parcak

Archaeologist and Egyptologist

Dr. Parcak is an archaeologist and Egyptologist who has worked on excavations in fourteen countries across the globe since 1999. Dr. Parcak received a BA from Yale University, and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. She lectured at the University of Wales, Swansea, before starting work in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006, where she is now a full professor. Dr. Parcak is the author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science in 2020. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a Young Global Leader, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a TED Senior Fellow, winner of the 2016 TED Prize, 2016 recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s American Ingenuity Award, a 2018 recipient of The Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award, and a 2021 recipient of the Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award. Dr. Parcak is the founder and president of GlobalXplorer, a nonprofit dedicated to using cutting-edge technologies to protect and pre- serve cultural heritage. She co-directs the Joint Mission to Lisht with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, focusing on the excavation and survey of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom capital. Her research has been featured in multiple BBC, Discovery Channel, and PBS Nova documentaries. Dr. Parcak collaborates with her husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, on multiple archaeology projects when they are not busy chasing after their nine-year-old son, Gabriel, who already knows more about ancient Egypt than they do.

Dr. Sarah Parcak
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