Maine native and TED prize winner Sarah Parcak is scheduled to be a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Friday night.

Parcak is listed with actor Matthew Broderick and singer Kacey Musgraves on the show’s Jan. 8 lineup.

Parcak, an archaeologist, uses satellite data to locate archaeological sites looted by the Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria. She won the 2016 TED Talks prize in November, which comes with a $1 million grant, to pursue a “bold, ambitious wish to help uncover and protect the world’s hidden cultural heritage,” according to a TED Talks release.

A native of Bangor, Parcak is an anthropology professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where she founded the Laboratory for Global Observation. Like a high-tech Indiana Jones, she has gained international recognition for using infrared technology and satellite imagery to identify undiscovered archaeological sites in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, and to track changes at existing sites.

Parcak is also the CEO of SpectralGlobe Technologies, which specializes in using remote sensing technologies to provide innovative landscape services.


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