Sarah Parcak

Archaeologist

Archaeologist, Egyptologist and National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak is pioneering the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform the way discoveries are made. "We're using satellites to help map and model cultural features that could never be seen on the ground because they're obscured by modernization, forests, or soil," she explains. She blends expertise with advanced computer programs, satellite imagery analysis, and old-fashioned digging to reveal thousands of new sites, including lost pyramids, temples, monasteries, tombs, homes, and even entire towns. Sarah founded and directs the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The winner of the million-dollar 2016 TED prize, she will join the expedition in Jordan.