That's what I want to do, ultimately: figure out a way to get the world engaged with discovery and protecting these ancient sites.

Sarah Parcak

Sarah Parcak

Profession: Archaeologist
Nationality: American

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We've found that patterns of site looting have increased between 500 and 1000 percent since the start of the Arab Spring. Now this is a problem as old as human beings. People were looting tombs 5,000 years ago in Egypt as soon as people were buried, but the problem is only getting worse and worse.

You think looting is bad in Egypt, look at Peru, India, China. I've been told in China there are over a quarter-million archaeological sites, and most have been looted. This is a global problem of massive proportions, and we don't know the scale.

I'm looking at looting photos from space, and there are people putting their lives on the line every day protecting their heritage. I call these people the real culture heroes.

Choosing an unconventional career path - I am not a traditional Egyptologist by any means. I found what I love, and I have stuck with it.

I already find pyramids from space. Is there anything cooler than that?

A lot of people are surprised when I talk so much about the present, but politics is just a crucial part of archaeology.

Archaeology holds all the keys to understanding who we are and where we come from.

I am one of many people documenting damage and looting at ancient sites from space - it is such a crucial tool.

You just pull back for hundreds of miles using the satellite imagery, and all of a sudden this invisible world become visible. You're actually able to see settlements and tombs - and even things like buried pyramids - that you might not otherwise be able to see.

I dig in the sand, and I play with pretty pictures, so I never really left kindergarten.

Indiana Jones is old school; we've moved on from Indy. Sorry, Harrison Ford.

Imagery is powerful. Imagery is provocative - satellite imagery much more so because it is from space, and it allows us to get this perspective that we don't have to have otherwise.

We're literally just beginning to learn how to use satellites to find sites. More and more people are realizing there's this incredible tool.

Less than 1 percent of ancient Egypt has been discovered and excavated. With population pressures, urbanization, and modernization encroaching, we're in a race against time. Why not use the most advanced tools we have to map, quantify, and protect our past?