Space Archeology Embraces TransdisciplinarityFebruary 17, 2016
An ‘engaged populace’ is a primary driver of transdisciplinarity – – there is a growing public demand to be included in scientific practices and for the scientific community to seek a ‘shared vision’ or ‘contract with the public.’ Transdiciplinarity is a holistic and synergistic approach to studying an issue or problem – – it is issue, or problem generated, not discipline-driven.
Space archeology from a transdiciplinary perspective embraces science, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, technology, and public input. Geograhic boundaries will be crossed to discover, study, and preserve global archeological sites.
This report NPR:
‘Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist. She uses satellite imagery to track looted ancient burial sites and find pyramids hidden under Egyptian cities. Now, she has bigger plans: to launch a worldwide campaign to make all of us space archaeologists.
She will be doing it through a digital platform called Global Xplorer, that will utilize crowdsourcing and satellite images to discover and protect unknown archaeological sites around the world.
Her ultimate goal is to launch it globally, with the app hosting different languages.
“We’re answering the big questions about who we are and where we’ve come from,” she says. “And the fact that we can get the world to be a part of that is pretty exciting.”‘