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Spy satellite programs and what we have learned from them – Asia and Mid-East case studies”

February 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am SMT

Jason Ur is Stephen Phillips Professor of Archaeology and Ethnology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He specializes in early urbanism, landscape archaeology, and remote sensing, particularly the use of declassified US intelligence imagery. He has directed field surveys in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. He is the author of Urbanism and Cultural Landscapes in Northeastern Syria: The Tell Hamoukar Survey, 1999-2001 (2010). Since 2012, he has directed the Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey, an archaeological survey in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. He is also preparing a history of Mesopotamian cities.

I (Rebecca) have seen from Prof Ur some spy satellite images overlaid over Singapore from the 1960’s – it is amazing how the city has expanded! The usage pf modern spy satellite imagery is fascinating and can be used from so many different facets.

His personal academic website is https://scholar.harvard.edu/jasonur, and he does academic tweeting at @jasonalikur.

This promises to be a stimulating discussion that is perhaps beyond our usual fare! The event is on February 23rd at 9am (SG TIme). Please sign up by sending a message to [email protected] indicating your attendance!


February 23, 2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am SMT

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