STATES CHRONICLE – Sarah Parcak, the space archaeologist from UAB, talked about the launch of the new project known as GlobalXplorer funded by Ted Prize. The new project was launched on January 30. Now, the citizen archaeology platform is available for users in Peru. Nevertheless, Parcak hopes that the new platform will soon be available all around the world to help archeologists reveal new sites by using drones and satellites.
Based on the data provided by TED Prize, GlobalXplorer will be launched in another country until the end of 2017. Sarah Parcak stated that there is a heritage of the world which hosts clues regarding the collective creativity and determination of humankind. All these need to be uncovered to help us understand more about our ancestors, their culture, and their tradition.
This heritage depends on our protection. Archaeologists around the world need to know how to carefully analyze it and protect it as the most valuable treasure. Through GlobalXplorer, developers try to motivate and empower an army of global specialists of the 21st century which is prone to uncover and provide security for our common history.
Paracak pointed out that it is crucial to acknowledge the idea that the past is treasured and worth saving. All our ancestors have built in the past is worth preserving because it represents our origins. Our common human journey is the most important story which deserves to be protected and pass on to the next generations.
Archaeologists of the world need to collaborate and do their best to complete the puzzle of our human journey. Sarah Parcak, who is a researcher and a UAB professor was applauded for her amazing work where she used satellites to identify some unknown archaeological sites. She received the 2016 TED prize due to her innovative efforts to preserve ancient Egyptian sites by utilizing satellites.
She has unveiled, about 3,100 ancient settlements, more than a thousand tombs and 17 lost pyramids in Egypt. The project GlobalXplorer was possible due to the help provided by the TED Prize, the platform developer Mondo Robot, National Geographic and the satellite imagery and analytics company DigitalGlobe, Inc.
The platform operates just like a game for users. Firstly, users need to watch a tutorial and then they will be able to analyze more than 200,000 km2 of satellite images in high resolution which captured Peru.
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