What is it like to uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations ... from space?
Archaeologist Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in the field of space archaeology, using images from satellites orbiting high above Earth to detect long-buried signs of cultures that thrived millennia ago.
Her work in Egypt resulted in a breakthrough map of the legendary city of Tanis, made famous in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." But while Parcak's fictional counterpart Indiana Jones dug through dusty sand and crawled through jungles to reach remote sites, much of Parcak's work is conducted on computers, analyzing images that use infrared and lasers to peer below the ground and reveal ancient secrets hidden far below.
In Parcak's new book "Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past" (Henry Holt and Company, 2019), she offers readers a tantalizing glimpse of the technologies that make space archaeology possible; she also reveals extraordinary discoveries that satellites have brought to the surface for the first time in thousands of years.
Live Science sits down with Parcak on Facebook Live today (July 12) at 11:30 a.m. ET, for an interview about her book and her two decades of field work spanning five continents. We'll also be giving away two copies of "Archaeology from Space" (one copy per winner). To participate, leave a comment on the post by 12:01 a.m on July 15. Winners will be selected at random.
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