Armchair Archaeologist~ Helping piece together the puzzle. #WATWB


Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti and myself. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

Talk to those who know me and they can tell you how passionate I am about history and archaeology. I study archaeology, read about it and even write fiction about it. I also include the term “armchair archaeologist” in most of my bios, so when I found this video…well, I just had to share it. 😊

Meet Sarah Parcak, a modern-day Indiana Jones whose job title is space archaeologist. Space archaeology uses satellite imagery in order to find hidden ancient sites throughout the world. With GlobalXplorer, an online platform, which uses everyday people working together online to protect and monitor archaeological sites. Through GlobalXplorer Parcak is empowering others who might not be able to run off and “play Indy” to become “armchair archaeologists”. One such person is 90 year old Doris Jones. Doris is one of the leading contributors to GlobalXplorer, having mapped out thousands of sites using her home computer she has helped Parcak gain valuable information to help the archaeological community. Thanks to people like Jones and Parcak, more and more pieces of our human history are being put into the puzzle that is our past.

Please check out this video…

To learn more about GlobalXplorer or join the mission click here: https://www.globalxplorer.org/

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

30 thoughts on “Armchair Archaeologist~ Helping piece together the puzzle. #WATWB”

  1. I suspect that if you ever have time to participate, you will be a marvelous addition to this project. I did wonder if she was any relation to Indie but then I remember he’s fictional and she isn’t. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

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    1. I plan to give it a shot when things quiet down a bit. Indy is fictional but I am sure he was inspired by a real life character. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  2. Hi Belinda – isn’t this fun … and so worthwhile – I’m sure many could take this on board and contribute … a great WAWTB post … thanks – cheers Hilary

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    1. Probably what I should have added – is I’ve learnt so much through blogging … and generally getting involved in local educational organisations … lots to learn about …

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  3. This is an amazing contribution to #WATWB Belinda thank you soooo much! I loved the video and all that it stands for – further and further exploration – it’s sooooo exciting! Thanks also for hosting this month! Have a great Easter weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Susan, I thought this was a fantastic project and had to share. I’ve signed up, now it’s just the matter of finding the time. Hope you are well and having a fantastic weekend! 😊

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  4. Oh what a fabulous story – this really delights my heart. I’ve always secretly dreamed of being an archaeologist and this project sounds like such fun. And who wouldn’t be inspired by Doris Jones?!
    Thanks for sharing this gem.

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    1. Me too, I caught the archaeology bug when I was about 8 years old and have loved it ever since. I’m definitely inspired by Doris. Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  5. I love Doris! I want to be that spry and passionate about something when I’m 90.
    It’s wonderful what technology brings us through our computer via satellite. I’ve seriously taken Google maps for granted and have never stopped to think that we could map archeology from space. I hope Sarah makes amazing discoveries through GlobalXplorer.
    Thanks for sharing, Belinda!

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    1. I know I think Doris is one of my new role models. I have touched on using satellite imagery in some of my courses and I’ve signed up at GlobalXplorer to get a bit of practical experience. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

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    1. I know, I wish it would have been around when I was a kid… but then again I’ve just witnessed you’re never too old to start.😊 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Belinda, I could so see you doing space archaeology! Glad you have signed up. Sarah is inspirational and so is Doris – what a supergran! Thanks for this post and all the other ‘digging’ you do for our delight. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Simon! I have touched on using satellite imagery in some of my courses, now I hope to try it myself. I also am so inspired by Doris’s passion for it…I have found a new role model. Hope you are doing well and having a fantastic weekend.

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    1. I know, I’m confident with new technology we will be learning so much about lost civilizations. I’ve also found a new role model.😊 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  7. I love stories like this! It shows how human curiosity can take us in so many interesting directions in so many different ways. And we learn so much about the larger human story in the process. Thanks for posting this story this month!

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