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Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.
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In Wonderland, Alice got a chance to perceive herself as small and as tall after eating and drinking magical food and drink that changed her perspective, and allowed her to perceive reality as something far more interesting than it was ordinarily. I can only imagine that these scientists that got the opportunity to study ancient buildings and cities from satellites were enthralled like Alice, and became enlightened as to things that a few hundred years ago never would have been able to comprehend. The idea of new perspectives brought about by spatial thinking and satellite imagery is relatively new, but opens up many possibilities like determining cluster patterns of cities and villages in order to find central areas of societies, and to assess irrigation and agriculture and proximity to areas of currently located water, or water from long ago. I gave this some thought and compared it to our society. There would be mills near water, large settlements in the capitols, and other identifying characteristics that would relate rather directly to historical peoples not all that different from ourselves. Satellites are like the Eat me Drink me refreshments in that we can draw more conclusions from factually obtained imagery from way up high away, and then we can speculate further based on that. Ancient civilizations appeal to me because I am interested in the origins of humans, which most certainly came from other planets (in my opinion.) I would hope that there would be some clues visible from the skies about origins and settlement locations from long ago to see where they (in my opinion) landed on this world.
Dr. Sarah Parcak is using satellite technology to try to unearth Egypts ancient settlements pyramids and palaces. The high resolution satellites has infrared and thermal capabilities and the laser wave lengths can penetrate the earths surface to pinpoint objects. This makes it easier to find hidden objects like tombs and faster then digging to find them and reduces the risk of damage.
I love the iconic opening of this video clip with the Indiana Jones movie clip which I actually saw at a drive in, yes I'm that old. Great how we can use technology to find these area that might have gone undiscovered. As a history guy the implications of using this technology in finding out about the pass is exciting with limitless possibilities.