Spy Planes Spot Ancient Archaeological Sites

Using images taken by American U-2 spy planes between 1959 and 1972, researchers and archaeologists have been able to uncover archaeological sites in the Middle East that have since been developed over. Though only the final five years worth of photographs are of a high enough resolution to decipher, pre-urban sprawl imagery presented scenes of 5,000 to 8,000 stone structures with clarity. Read more about the …

2016 TED Prize Winner: Dr Sarah Parcak’s Crowdsourcing Space Archaeology

A pioneer in satellite mapping the world's undiscovered heritage sites has a big plan for the future

With millennia of developmental history behind us, much of which has been lost from maps and word of mouth, Dr Sarah Parcak understands the importance of searching for the missing pieces. The space archaeologist and winner of this year’s TED Prize, has pioneered a new way to uncover that which lays buried. Parcak employs infrared satellite imagery to see beneath and between plots of land—all …