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Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series – Dr. Sarah Parcak – GlobalXplorer

October 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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.
Event Details
  • Regular admission: $20
  • Good-cause bonus: proceeds benefiting GlobalXplorer

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?
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.
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 at Cahaba Brewing Company.


October 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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