Best Time to be an Archaeologist!

Sarah Parcak, space archaeologist.

Technology doesn’t mean we aren’t digging in the dirt anymore—it’s just that we know better where to dig.


Using this technology, archaeologists have found many thousands of previously unknown sites. I’ve used satellite datasets in Egypt—I believe we have still found less than 1 percent of its sites—to show ancient settlements, tombs, and even some potential pyramids. We collaborated with a French team at the site of Tanis to test high-resolution imagery that showed nearly the entire layout of the ancient city. So far, we’ve confirmed one elite house.

For the full article on Slate, see here.

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.