Sunday, November 25, 2007

UAB prof uses aerial photos to locate Egypt's ancient sites
In a computer lab on Birmingham's Southside, UAB anthropology professor Sarah Parcak scours satellite images for hidden Egyptian archaeological sites half a world away.

With the help of the new technology, Parcak and collaborators are hoping to map the sites and explore them before urbanization and development destroy them.

In the new $150,000 lab, equipped with 10 computer workstations running a series of geographic information system and remote sensing programs, Parcak can travel the world, zooming in close enough to note the outlines of forgotten settlements, some buried beneath modern cities.

It's about Sarah Parcak who's been doing this for quite a while.