THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED
In this lecture, Sarah Parcak will discuss recent advances in the use of digital technologies, big data, crowdsourcing and 3D mapping to protect and preserve cultural treasures, in the context of ongoing work in Egypt and Peru. She will explore the positives and negatives associated with these new and emerging technologies, focusing in particular on how they can be better connected to community engagement efforts. The main focus of this talk will be on a relatively new archaeological project at the site of Lisht, Egypt, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.
Sarah Parcak is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and founding director of the university’s Laboratory for Global Observation. She the author of “Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology”. Her research represents the first large-scale landscape archaeology approaches to the field of Egyptology. Her remote-sensing work has been the focus of two BBC-Discovery Channel documentaries on the use of satellite remote sensing: “Archaeology: Egypt’s Lost Cities” and “Rome: What Lies Beneath”. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and presented at conferences and symposia across the globe. Parcak is the 2016 TED Prize winner, a National Geographic fellow, a TED Senior fellow and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.