SCIENCE AND EDUCATION


Sarah Parcak becomes this year's winner of TED prize

Baku, February 18, AZERTAC

Space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak has become this year's winner of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) prize, according to BBC.

The $1m prize is awarded each year to an individual who is judged able to spark global change.

Dr Parcak is using the money to set up a website to crowdsource as yet undiscovered sites around the world.

The so-called citizen scientists will also be called on to spot and report looting at existing sites.

Dr Parcak is known as a space archaeologist because she uses satellite imagery collected above the Earth and analyses it using algorithms to identify subtle changes that could signal a hidden human-made structure.

Her satellite mapping of Egypt has already suggested the existence of 17 hitherto unknown pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,100 settlements.

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