Sarah Parcak has been named the recipient of the 2020 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award. Parcak is an internationally renowned Egyptologist, space archaeologist, and science communicator.
The explorer will share stories about her archaeological expeditions and discoveries in her acceptance speech, “Towards an inclusive future of the past: how to make archaeology for everyone,” during her award ceremony on Friday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Theatre in Mayer Hall on the Beloit College campus. Earlier that day she will present a program called “The future of exploration: Archaeology in 2040 and beyond” for area youth at Beloit Memorial High School. These programs honor the Andrews legacy and are sponsored by members and supporters of the Society. Distinguished explorers receive a cash prize and a commemorative statue created by noted regional artist O. V. Shaffer.
Parcak will be the 19th recipient of the Distinguished Explorer Award. Paleontologist Neil Shubin, discoverer of the “fish with hands,” received the Society’s most recent award in April of 2019. Other recipients receiving this prestigious award include Michael Novacek, leader of the first Western expedition to the Gobi Desert since Andrews’s research there during the 1920s that unearthed the first nest of fossilized dinosaur eggs; Steve Squyres, scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover mission; and Robert Ballard, discoverer of the RMS Titanic shipwreck.