UAB Space Archaeologist Sarah Paracak was a $400 answer on Jeopardy! last night

Screenshot of the $400 Jeopardy answer that appeared on the March 18, 2019 show about UAB’s Sarah Parcak.

UAB’s Sarah Parcak, the much acclaimed space archeologist, National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize winner was a $400 answer last night on the popular quiz show Jeopardy!

Here is the clip:

A 2018 Bham Now BOLD speaker, Parcak  has re-discovered over 3100 forgotten settlements, 1000 lost tombs and potentially 17 pyramids.In 2016, Parcak launched  GlobalXplorer°, an online platform that uses the power of the crowd to analyze the incredible wealth of satellite images currently available to archaeologists.

Here is her announcement about the first country GlobalXplorer° is exploring  – Peru

According to the GlobalXplorer° website, “Parcak aims to revolutionize how modern archaeology is done altogether, by creating a global network of citizen explorers, opening field schools to guide archaeological preservation on the ground, developing an archaeological institute, and even launching a satellite designed with archaeology in mind.

So far, Sarah’s methods have proved over 90% successful in producing significant discoveries.”

Just last month GlobalXplorer° announced it will be expanding its work into India by the Fall of 2019, partnering with the Tata Trustsone of India, the nation’s oldest philanthropic organizations— as well as founding GlobalXplorer° partner, the National Geographic Society.


Last night on social media, one of our favorite responses to Parcak’s answer on Jeopardy! came from WBHM’s General Manager Chuck Holmes. Here was his post:

#scientistsinbirminghamfor400alex  – captures how proud we are of Sarah Parcak and the entire scientific community here in Birmingham.


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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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