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Archaeologists searching out GlobalXplorer user-identified sites will keep participants informed in real time, Parcak pledged, using tools such as Periscope, YouTube videos, or more traditional blog posts. For her own team, Parcak said she hopes the project will save hours of time, because looking at satellite imagery is a time-consuming endeavor.
Parcak added that archaeology is potentially a way to combat the "despair and fear that so many people have" in light of changing immigration policies in the United States these past few days.
"We have had throughout history problems with climate change, economic crises, wars, disease, these things happening all at once," she said. "The thing that you see again and again with different ancient societies and culture, oftentimes after periods of crisis, you get resilience and renaissance and re-emergence... Human beings have great resilience and ability to survive challenges. It can give us a lot of hope for the future."