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This year has been marked by upheaval on a global scale — and many of us are wondering: What will happen next? Satellite archaeologist and TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak shares three examples from the ancient past that offer lessons for today.

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TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak has learned some key lessons about parenthood from her work as an archaeologist. At the same time, becoming a parent has given her new insights into what her work means.

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Ancient Peru was home to many cultures, most of them still mysterious. But as Sarah Parcak points her satellite-archaeology lens (and her new citizen-explorer project) at the Peruvian wilderness, the invisible past is primed to make a remarkable comeback.

Doug Bolender and Dr. Sarah Parcak at Point Rosee by Freddie Claire, courtesy BBC.

The Vikings described a place called Vinland — a “land of wine,” bursting with berries. But where, exactly, was it? Space archeologist Sarah Parcak shares a step-by-step look at how her team used Norse texts and satellite imagery to search in eastern Canada.

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Archaeology is a puzzle. For Sarah Parcak, the arduous process of trying to find ancient treasures is made exponentially easier by satellite imagery.

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Paleo-oncologist Katie Hunt has a personal connection to an exciting new field of archaeology.

The Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria. Photo: iStock.

Terrorists make headlines by destroying ancient sites like Palmyra, in Syria. But there’s an even more sinister endgame, as archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains.