Bham Now BOLD Speaker Dr. Sarah Parcak, Birmingham’s modern-day Indiana Jones, to speak Oct. 18 at Cahaba Brewing

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Dr. Sarah Parcak and GlobalXplorer° understand that local citizens who know the culture are a crucial aspect of protecting cultural heritage sites. Photo submitted

Have you heard of Dr. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist, National Geographic Explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and Birmingham local? Her Innovation Depot-based nonprofit, GlobalXplorer°, leads the global effort to find and protect our hidden cultural heritage. Learn how she does it at Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series event on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Cahaba Brewing Company. Tickets are $20 (includes a beverage from Cahaba Brewing and tacos from Taco Mama).

Event Details

  • Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series: Dr. Sarah Parcak
  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Location: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave. South, Birmingham, 35222
  • Admission: $20 – includes a beverage from Cahaba Brewing and tacos from Taco Mama
  • Good cause bonus: proceeds benefit GlobalXplorer°
Sarah Parcak giving TED talk

The goal of GlobalXplorer° is “to open minds to diverse ancient thought pathways thus deepening the connections people feel to one another across the globe. We want archaeology and our shared cultural heritage to inform and shape global-level thinking and decision-making.”

Saving Our Hidden Cultural Heritage

Millions of archaeological sites around the world await discovery. Conflict, looting, encroachment and environmental change threaten them. The solution? Crowdsourcing, state-of-the-art computing and mapping technologies, open-source data and community hubs of citizen archaeologists on the ground.

Through GlobalXplorer°, founded by Dr. Sarah Parcak, virtual citizen archaeologists based anywhere in the world, including Birmingham, assist with local field work. As new cultural heritage data is uncovered, a global platform makes it accessible to all. GlobalXplorer° began with Peru and is scaling up country by country. Cool, right?

Get tickets to see Dr. Sarah Parcak at Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series event on Oct. 18 at Cahaba Brewing Company before they sell out!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Crowdsourcing: virtual citizen archaeologists study satellite images to look for and document potential visible heritage sites, county by country.
  2. Boots on the ground: community hubs of citizen archaeologists, who live in and are familiar with the local culture, survey, document, protect and preserve cultural heritage sites.
  3. Database: An open-source cultural heritage database catalogs the world’s diverse immobile cultural resources.
  4. Blockchain technology: Originally developed to verify cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain has a host of applications. GlobalXplorer° is looking at using it to develop an antiquities registry to fight looting and black market sales.
Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Sarah Parcak, Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series, Cahaba Brewery, GlobalXplorer
Discovery! Photo submitted

GlobalXplorer° By The Numbers

  • 76,000 registered Xplorersº (aka virtual citizen archaeologists)
  • 15 million satellite images
  • 19,000 anthropogenic features uncovered
  • 700 previously unknown sites mapped

Utterly fascinating. Totally Birmingham. Bham Now can’t wait for this BOLD Speaker Series event.

Get your tickets today to see Dr. Sarah Parcak on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Cahaba Brewing Company.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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