Image: NASA Earth Observatory

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since GlobalXplorer° (GX°) completed Expedition Peru. While it may seem as though things have gone quiet, behind the scenes, the GlobalXplorer° team has been busy laying the groundwork for its next adventure. And it’s a big one. We’re going to India!

From the Hill Forts of Rajasthan to the Khajuraho Temples to the ruins of the ancient city of Hampi, India is, of course, vast in both space and time. Populated by more than 1 billion people, the country covers 3.287 million square kilometers and encompasses 29 states — each with its own rich heritage and languages. Meanwhile, its 5,000-year span of history takes in an incredible array of cultures, including its Buddhist, Hindu and Jain traditions, the Indus Valley Civilization, the Gupta Empire and so many others. …

Drone image of newly documented Nasca lines, along the edge of an archaeological site found by GlobalXplorer° citizen scientists. Image courtesy of Luis Jaime Castillo Butters.

GlobalXplorer° is thrilled to announce the results of our inaugural expedition — the world’s first crowdsourced mapping of archaeological sites in Peru.

Here, we’ll fill you in on some of the insights we gleaned from this ambitious and unprecedented experiment. It was, we’ll admit, a huge risk. Could we demonstrate that our vision was possible? We could, and we did. …

The world has millions of archaeological sites still waiting to be discovered, many threatened with destruction by conflict, looting, encroachment, and environmental change. If we want to curtail archaeological destruction that’s happening on a global scale by a significant margin, it’s going to take more than the efforts of the planet’s handful of archaeologists. It’s going to require everyone’s help.

That’s why, in January 2017, our founder Sarah Parcak — Egyptologist, National Geographic explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and Space Archaeologist — launched GlobalXplorerº, our online citizen-science platform that invites anyone around the globe to put on their Indiana Jones…


GlobalXplorerº is an online platform that uses the power of the crowd+AI+blockchain to find, protect, and monitor archeological sites and antiquities.

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