Ar­chae­ol­ogy from Space. How the fu­ture shapes our past

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Sarah Par­cak Bri­tish Li­brary Pub­lished: Septem­ber 2018 Price: £25.00

Na­tional Geo­graphic Ex­plorer and TED Prizewin­ner Dr. Sarah Par­cak in­tro­duces the reader to the ex­cit­ing new world of space ar­chae­ol­ogy, a grow­ing field that is spark­ing ex­traor­di­nary dis­cov­er­ies from an­cient civ­i­liza­tions across the globe.

In Ar­chae­ol­ogy from Space, Par­cak shows the evolution, ma­jor dis­cov­er­ies, and fu­ture po­ten­tial of the young field of satel­lite ar­chae­ol­ogy. From sur­prise ad­vance­ments af­ter the de­clas­si­fi­ca­tion of spy pho­tog­ra­phy, to a new map of the mythical Egyp­tian city of Ta­nis, she shares her field’s big­gest dis­cov­er­ies, re­veal­ing why space ar­chae­ol­ogy is not only ex­cit­ing, but ur­gently es­sen­tial to the preser­va­tion of the world’s an­cient trea­sures.

Par­cak has worked in twelve coun­tries and four con­ti­nents, us­ing mul­ti­spec­tral and high-res­o­lu­tion satel­lite im­agery to identify thou­sands of pre­vi­ously un­known set­tle­ments, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even po­ten­tial pyra­mids. Her sto­ries take us back in time into the day-to-day lives of or­di­nary peo­ple and she shows that if we can learn from the past, we can shape a vi­brant fu­ture.

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