Sarah Parcak: Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations -- with satellites
Сара Парчак: Лов на перуанските изгубени цивилизации -- со сателити
Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, her wish is to protect the world’s shared cultural heritage. Full bio
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set out from his rainforest camp
кампот во џунглата
the dense rainforest foliage
maze of structures
by National Geographic,
of its magazine in 1912.
во 1912 год.
опрема за фотографија
on an incredible journey with me,
than use state-of-the-art technology
користење на најнова технологија
more open, inclusive,
not previously possible.
the 2016 TED Prize platform
Hiram Bingham's impossible dream
of human figures.
with some incredible organizations,
the world's largest provider
commercial satellite imagery.
platform they have.
and search for the airplane.
with the satellite imagery.
with education and of course exploration.
едукацијата и истражувањето.
with rich content for the platform,
содржина за платформата,
like you saw at the beginning of this talk
онаа што ја видовте на почетокот
to build and plan the platform,
at some of the satellite imagery.
is 0.3-meter data.
in northern Peru.
but let's zoom in.
that you all will get to see.
сите вие ќе можете да ги видите.
to find previously unknown sites.
is that as part of the platform,
thousands of previously unknown sites,
претходно непознати локации,
to uncover large-scale looting at sites,
на кражби на локациите,
is that all of this data
with archaeologists on the front lines
meeting with their Minister of Culture
министерот за култура
in both English and Spanish,
и на Шпански,
Latin America can participate.
можат да учествуваат.
is the gentleman you see here,
го гледате овде,
and former vice-minister,
and share the data with archaeologists
координираат и споделат со археолозите
these sites on the ground.
drone mapping program,
мапирање со дронови,
позади мене овде и овде.
you can see behind me here and here.
into the platform,
some of the new sites you help find.
од локалитетите кои вие ќе ги најдете.
with education, outreach,
most well-known archaeological sites.
and business training.
to create beautiful handicrafts
to treasure their cultural heritage
with 24 of these women
од овие жени
called Pachacamac, just outside Lima.
Пачакамак, веднаш до Лима.
will help us transform communities
that you help to discover.
помогнете да се откријат
this platform to the world,
thousands of emails
professors, educators, students,
професори, едукатори, студенти,
who are so excited to help participate.
кои се возбудени да учествуваат.
amazing places for us to help discover,
локации кои можеме да ги откриеме,
to be looking for Atlantis,
to launch this platform.
by the end of the year.
in the past few weeks are any indication,
неколку недели е индикатор,
is just going to be beyond imagination.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERSarah Parcak - Satellite archaeologist + TED Prize winner
Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, her wish is to protect the world’s shared cultural heritage.
Why you should listen
There may be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of undiscovered ancient sites across the globe. Sarah Parcak wants to locate them. As a space archaeologist, she analyzes high-resolution imagery collected by satellites in order to identify subtle changes to the Earth’s surface that might signal man-made features hidden from view. A TED Senior Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer, Parcak wrote the textbook on satellite archaeology and founded the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her goal: to make the world's invisible history visible once again.
In Egypt, Parcak's techniques have helped locate 17 potential pyramids, and more than 3,100 potential forgotten settlements. She's also made discoveries in the Viking world (as seen in the PBS Nova special, Vikings Unearthed) and across the Roman Empire (as shown in the BBC documentary, Rome’s Lost Empire). Her methods also offer a new way to understand how ancient sites are being affected by looting and urban development. By satellite-mapping Egypt and comparing sites over time, Parcak has noted a 1,000 percent increase in looting since 2009. It’s likely that millions of dollars worth of artifacts are stolen each year. Parcak hopes that, through her work, unknown sites can be protected to preserve our rich, vibrant history.
As the winner of the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak asked the world to help in this important work. By building a citizen science platform for archaeology, GlobalXplorer.org, Parcak invites anyone with an internet connection to help find the next potential looting pit or unknown tomb. GlobalXplorer launched on January 30, 2017, with volunteers working together to map Peru. Other countries will follow, as the platform democratizes discovery and makes satellite-mapping rapid and cost-effective.
Sarah Parcak | Speaker | TED.com