Sarah Parcak Wiki – Sarah Parcak Biography
Sarah Helen Parcak is an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and remote sensing expert, who has used satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt, Rome, and elsewhere in the former Roman Empire. She is a professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In partnership with her husband, Greg Mumford, she directs survey and excavation projects in the Faiyum, Sinai, and Egypt’s East Delta.
Sarah Parcak, a professor who studies ancient Egyptian archaeology, shared detailed instructions on Twitter for pulling down an obelisk, and some are accusing her of referring to the iconic Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., as the video showed smoke billowing near it on May 31 and protests and riots raged throughout Washington D.C. and the country. However, others think it’s clear she meant a much smaller Confederate monument in Birmingham, Alabama, and she noted in her lengthy Twitter thread that people should not pull down the Washington Monument.
Parcak wrote on her verified Twitter page, “Here’s a rough schematic. I note this is experimental archaeology in action! Just my professional Hot Take and you may need more people, longer rope, etc. everything depends on monument size.”
Sarah Parcak, a University of Alabama professor posted instructions for how to destroy the Washington Monument.
It’s no wonder why tens of thousands of college aged ANTIFA terrorists are destroying our cities.
They are taught by nut cases like Professor Parcak!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) June 1, 2020
Racism underlies the attempts to credit @indyfromspace with bringing a monument down. Anyone doing this is ignoring the Black community and Birmingham city efforts to remove this statue for years. This isn’t about one woman’s tweet–it is about Montgomery & white supremacy.
— Alina Stefanescu (@aliner) June 1, 2020
Facts You Need to Know
1979, Bangor, Maine, United States
son, born 2012
Trinity College (2005), University of Cambridge, Bangor High School, Yale University
Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
Sarah Parcak Age
She is 41 years old.
Parcak was born in Bangor, Maine, and received her bachelor’s degree in Egyptology and Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 2001, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); prior to that she was a teacher of Egyptian art and history at the University of Wales, Swansea.
From 2003 to 2004, Parcak used a combination of satellite imaging analysis and surface surveys to discover 17 new pyramid and thousands of sites of archaeological interest, some dating back to 3,000 B.C.
In partnership with her husband, Dr. Greg Mumford, she directs Survey and Excavation Projects in the Fayoum, Sinai, and Egypt’s East Delta. They have used several types of satellite imagery to look for water sources and possible archaeological sites. According to Parcak, this approach reduces the time and cost for determining archaeological sites compared to surface detection.
In 2007, she founded the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In 2009, satellite imagery was evidence of how looting had escalated in Egypt.
In 2011, Parcak claims to have discovered 17 previously unknown pyramids in Egypt as well as more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 settlements. although the Minster of State for Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, said that this claim was “not accurate”
In 2015, she won the $1 million TED Prize for 2016.
In 2016, she was the recipient of Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the History category.
In 2020, she was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2020 Fellowship.
In May 2011, the BBC aired a documentary, Egypt’s Lost Cities, describing BBC-sponsored research carried out by Parcak’s UAB team for over a year using infra-red satellite imaging from commercial and NASA satellites. The programme discussed the research and showed Parcak in Egypt looking for physical evidence. The UAB team announced that they had “discovered” 17 pyramids, more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements outside Sa el-Hagar, Egypt. However, the Minister of State for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, was critical of the announcement and said : “This is completely wrong information. Any archeologist will deny this completely”.
In May 2012, she was the subject of a half-hour program on CNN’s The Next List which profiles innovators “who are setting trends and making strides in various fields.”
She was the focus of “Rome’s Lost Empire”, a TV documentary by Dan Snow, first shown on BBC One on 9 December 2012. She prospectively identified several significant sites in Romania, Nabataea, Tunisia, and Italy, including the arena at Portus, the lighthouse and a canal to Rome beside the river Tiber.
A BBC co-production with PBS, NOVA/WGBH Boston and France Television, Vikings Unearthed (first broadcast April 4, 2016) documented her use of satellite imagery to detect possible remains of a Norse / Viking presence at Point Rosee, Newfoundland. In 2015, Parcak found what she thought to be the remains of a turf wall and roasted bog iron ore, however, the 2016 excavation showed that the “turf wall” and accumulation of bog iron ore were the results of natural processes.
In 2009, her book Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology was published by Routledge, describing the methodology of satellite archaeology. A review in Antiquity described it as focusing “more on technical methodology than interpretation and analysis,” described Parcak’s work as, “written in a lively style that makes a highly technical subject accessible to a general audience,” and concluded that it was “a good introduction for undergraduate students of archaeology, anthropology and geography.”
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She published Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past in July 2019.
The confederate monument in Birmingham, Alabama, looks similar to the Washington Monument, but it’s a lot smaller. “The protesters defaced the Confederate monument, chipped away part of the concrete and pulled the wooden barrier off the base,” WBRC wrote of the May 31 vandalism there.
Parcak wrote her tweets at 8:48 p.m. on May 31.
WATCH THAT SUMBITCH TOPPLE GET THE %^&* OUT OF THE WAY IT WILL SMASH RUN AWAY FROM DIRECTION.
Then celebrate. Because #BlackLivesMatter and good riddance to any obelisks pretending to be ancient Egyptian obelisks when they are in fact celebrating racism and white nationalism
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) June 1, 2020
As much as I love archaeology and Egyptology, we have to acknowledge-esp now- their deeply racist, colonialist, and nationalist roots- and ongoing practices. It is a field that has caused and continues to cause enormous harm (see DNA research) We all can do so much better.
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) June 1, 2020