This week we’re serializing yet another episode from the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists, and it tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access the installments on Ars via an embedded audio player or by reading accompanying transcripts, both of which are below.
This week my guest is Sarah Parcak, a co-founder of the emerging field of astroarchaeology. We’ll be running the interview in three installments, starting today.
Astroarchaeology doesn’t involve digging up ancient artifacts on Mars (yet!). Instead, it enlists satellite imagery to identify ancient, undiscovered sites on our home planet. Parcak’s work in this field won her the 2016 TED prize—which came with a million-dollar check to advance her work.