The world of archeology is changing. This particular initiative comes from Dr. Sarah Parcak, an American archaeologist and expert on remote sensing using satellite imaging.
GlobalXplorer° was launched on January 31, 2017. It is an online platform that shares satellite images currently available to archaeologists. Anyone can now access the data and help with everything from preventing looting to discovering new archaeological sites in Peru, Egypt or China. This technique is already used by professional archeologists with great success.
When you access this website, you will be given a 6 min video tutorial showing you how to recognize looting sites on satellite images. And then you can start exploring images in Peru, deciding if there is evidence of looting or not. After you’ve analyzed 1,000 images, GlobalXplorer° will determine that you possess the required skills to start looking for as-yet-unknown archeological sites.
The power of the crowd can help archeologists analyse the enormous number of satellite images, and to fight looting, which destroys so many valuable clues about past civilizations.
The images are provided by DigitalGlobe. DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions.
And now you, too, can start fighting crime and making fascinating discoveries!