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Day of Archaeology 2013


Those of you on Twitter may have already heard about the Day of Archaeology. But for those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the Day of Archaeology is a communal blogging project which aims to give the public a better insight into the daily lives of archaeologists and heritage workers around the world. Once … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 22nd to 28th April 2013


Africa: Angry about Senefru pyramid deterioration? (Ahram Online) New discovery solves ancient Egyptian chariot mystery (Al Bawaba) Roman industrial area uncovered in Egypt’s Suez Canal (Ahram Online) ‘Workers Town’ Fed 10,000 Giza Pyramid Builders (Discovery News) Asia: 1,100-year-old structure unearthed in Dinajpur, Bangladesh (The Daily Star) First ancient mirror workshop discovered in China (China Daily) … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 23rd April 2013


Feminism & The Video Game Industry (High Score Business) The author writes about Lara Croft, the new Tomb Raider game, and why the video game industry needs more women in its ranks. (Author’s comments: It’s good to see that a large proportion of today’s gamers are female. When I was a teenager, I used to get a … Continue reading »

Lara’s Travels: Maya Ruins of Southern Mexico (Part 2)


In the previous edition of Lara’s Travels: Maya Ruins of Southern Mexico, we looked at the ruins of Chichén Itzá and Tulum, two of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most popular tourist destinations. This time, we will be focussing our attention on the cities of Calakmul and Dzibilchaltún. ***************************************************************** Calakmul: Deep in the jungles of Campeche lie the ruins of … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 15th to 21st April 2013


Africa : Black market trade of Egyptian artifacts thriving amid post-revolution chaos (Al Bawaba) KENYA: Experts dig evidences of World Heritage Site (World Footprints) Return of tomb raiders (ABC: Lateline) The Libyan desert: Natural and human heritage under threat (Libya Herald) Asia : Ancient Lord Shiva temple in neglected condition at Bandora (The Times of India) … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 21st April 2013


[GDC RECAP] Horizon and Beyond: A Look into Tomb Raider’s Tools (Tomb Raider Official Tumblr Blog) An article about the toolsets that were used to create the latest Tomb Raider game. Things I Wish I Had Known About Archaeology (Doug’s Archaeology) Doug’s guide to the world of commercial archaeology. (Author’s comment: Read this if you’re thinking of … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 19th April 2013


Addressing Tomb Raider and the Problematic Marketing of Lara Croft (Gameranx) Robyn Miller addresses the shortcomings of Tomb Raider 2013‘s marketing and criticizes the video games industry’s attitude towards its female protagonists. Margaret Benson in Egypt (William H. Peck) A fascinating insight into the life and career of Margaret Benson, one of the earliest female Egyptologists … Continue reading »

World Heritage Day


18th April is World Heritage Day or, as it’s officially known, the International Day for Monuments and Sites. To celebrate it, I’ve compiled a list of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites that Lara has visited during her travels. I had originally planned to write a paragraph or two about each of these places but, … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 16th April 2013


NOTE: Due to the not-so-daily publication of the “Daily Links” feature, it will be called “Unearthed” from now on. Archaeology and Tintagel (Rita Robert’s Blog) Rita writes about Tintagel in Cornwall and the excavations that have been conducted there over the years. (Author’s comment: Tintagel Castle, as some of you may know, is said to be … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 2013: Ban Chiang Pottery


The last two editions of Arte-Factual dealt with the art and archaeology of the very first Tomb Raider game. In this latest edition, I’ll be writing about one of the many collectable relics Lara comes across in the latest game: a Ban Chiang vase. We don’t really know how this ancient vase ended up on the island but … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 8th to 14th April 2013


Africa : Archaeologists Find Earliest Evidence of Humans Cooking With Fire (Discover Magazine) Egypt’s King Khufu’s harbour in Suez discovered (Ahram Online) Asia : 2012 a peak year for [Chinese] archaeologists (CNTV) 4,000-Year-Old Relics Unearthed on Banks of Narmada (IBTraveller) Ancient tomb found in Lujiang, China (China Daily) Ancient tomb raided hours after it was … Continue reading »

Daily Links: 12th April 2013


Tomb Raider - A Masterpiece Reboot (The Tomb Raider HQ Archives) Brandon shares his thoughts on the new Tomb Raider game. (Author’s comment: Perhaps one of the most thorough reviews I’ve read so far. Be sure to check out the rest of his website!) So you want to read hieroglyphs? (Seshat’s Journal) Nickytoo gives some tips … Continue reading »

The Peruvian Connection: Federal Agents Bust Alleged Antiquities Smugglers Network In Utah


Reblogged from CHASING APHRODITE: Last week a federal grand jury indicted two Utah residents and two Peruvians in an alleged scheme to smuggle recently looted artifacts into the United States. The case started in the fall of 2012 when an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) bought 12 artifacts from 70-year … Continue reading »

Daily Links: 11th April 2013


Bobblehead no more: finishing the falcon mummy treatment (In the Artifact Lab) Molly Gleeson explains how one would go about repairing an Egyptian falcon mummy. Why Do I Cosplay? Let Me Count The Ways (Meagan Marie) Meagan talks about what motivates her to cosplay as her favourite fictional characters. (Author’s comment: Another well-written and heartfelt blog post … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider I: Chimú Bird Carving


In the last edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at the Toltec Atlantes pillars that could be found in and around Qualopec’s tomb in the original Tomb Raider. In this edition, I will re-visit Qualopec’s tomb and examine another Pre-Columbian motif that can be seen on the walls of the fictional Atlantean king’s tomb: a Chimú bird carving. When … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 1st to 7th April 2013


Africa : Researchers Uncover Significant Evidence Of The 17th Dynasty Of Ancient Egypt (redOrbit) Asia : 600-year-old tombs found in China (UPI) 4,000-year-old stone tools, earthenware unearthed from banks of river Narmada in Bhopal (India Today) Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands (France 24) India’s 35 ‘protected’ monuments are ‘untraceable’, Archaeological Survey of India … Continue reading »

Daily Links: 6th April 2013


Tomb Raider Thoughts From A Lara Newbie (Rock, Paper, Shotgun) A Tomb Raider newcomer shares his thoughts on the new Tomb Raider game. (Author’s comment: I wonder how many people who have played TR 2013 have never played one of the older games. Has this new game reached a new, wider audience?) Then + Now: Machu Picchu … Continue reading »

Daily Links: 5th April 2013


EES Fieldwork and Engagement Manager (Egypt) - Recruitment information (Egypt Exploration Society) The Egypt Exploration Society is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, and well-organized Fieldwork and Engagement Manager to be the Society’s main representative in Egypt. Full details can be found on their website (click the link above). The Truth about Archaeology (Cloture Club) Comedian … Continue reading »

Daily Links – 2nd, 3rd and 4th April 2013


90th anniversary of the curse of Tutankhamen – how a modern myth was born (University of Manchester) On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the death of Lord Carnavon, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley explains why the curse of Tutankhamen is nothing but a myth. (Author’s comment: 90 years later and newspapers are still creating modern-day … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider I: Toltec Warriors


Sharp-eyed gamers may have noticed that the same colossal sculptures appear repeatedly throughout the Peruvian levels of the original Tomb Raider (1996), most notably in the Tomb of Qualopec. These sculptures are, in fact, based on the real-life Atlantes, or Atlantean pillars, found at Tula, a Postclassic archaeological site in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.** The four … Continue reading »

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