National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe.
... full of evocative anecdotes and personal insights gleaned from years of experience in dusty trenches as well as behind the computer screen, poring over satellite images ... [Parcak] introduces readers to the field of aerial remote sensing through numerous case studies, turning complex research into something much more approachable ... very candidly includes the occasional failure, reminding us, and herself, that setbacks and disappointing results are part of scientific exploration ... Parcak’s love for her work and the people she studies is evident, and her enthusiasm is contagious. From Vikings in Iceland and Canada to amphitheaters in Italy and back to her first love, pharaonic Egypt, she brings both the present and the past to life.
While [Parcak's] main focus is on how advanced satellite technology is being used to locate long-lost archaeological sites, she also shares many personal experiences as an archaeologist, from the most prosaic (digging fruitlessly in the dirt for days) to the highly entertaining (dining with Harrison Ford). Parcak is an extremely engaging writer and she has done a lot of very interesting stuff ... Parcak shares enough of herself to entrance anyone who shares her Indiana Jones dreams, while elucidating the exciting new field of satellite archaeology. This is a thoroughly delightful and downright fascinating work of popular science.
... introduces the burgeoning subfield to the uninformed (but curious) and explores how it is transforming the work of people like Parcak and her colleagues ... Parcak's love for her field and her deep wonder and excitement come through on every page ... Clear, accessible and fascinating, peppered with witty asides and informative photos, Archaeology from Space is an excellent introduction to an exciting subfield that's still flying under the (satellite) radar.