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Book Review: Ladies of the Field by Amanda Adams


I recently finished reading Amanda Adams’ book, Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure, which delves into the extraordinary lives of seven female archaeologists who, like Lara, threw convention to the wind to travel to faraway lands in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. Some were mothers, some never married, some were … Continue reading »

10 Quotes About Archaeology


“I’m not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it’s palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.” (Dame Penelope Lively,  Author & Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature) “For me, archaeologists do not discover the past; they work on what remains. Archaeology is … Continue reading »

Article: Heroes, Mummies & Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies


Dr. Kevin McGeough’s article Heroes, Mummies & Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies examines the portrayal of Near Eastern archaeology in the movies and addresses the general public’s romantic view of archaeology as an adventurous (and often dangerous) occupation. He argues that archaeologists can better understand the public’s perception of archaeology and communicate archaeological knowledge … Continue reading »

The Versatile Blogger Award (Part 1)


HollyMae, author of the brilliant Mountains, Monuments and Mud, recently nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and it’s now my pleasure to nominate 15 other blogs and bloggers for the award. Full details on this award can be found on its website. Here are my nominations, in no particular order:  The Egyptiana Emporium - Egyptological news, … Continue reading »

Video: Lara Croft, Expert Archaeologist


Ever wondered if you have what it takes to become an expert archaeologist? Overbored Gaming’s Dagwood and Brawli found out that it’s not always as easy as it seems. You can follow OverBoard Gaming on Twitter (@OverBoredGaming) and Facebook or watch their live stream over on Twitch. ♦  Follow The Archaeology of Tomb Raider on … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider II: Golden Mask: Mask of Tornarsuk


In this edition of Arte-Factual, we turn our attention to the Golden Mask of Tornarsuk, an artefact that makes an appearance in Tomb Raider II: The Golden Mask, a five-level mini-adventure that was created for the 1999 “Gold” edition re-release of Tomb Raider II. According to Inuit mythology, Tornarsuk (also known as Torngarsuk) is a god, or supernatural being, who … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 21st May 2013


Tuesday Tomb – KV1 (The Egyptiana Emporium) Gemma’s popular “Tuesday Tomb” series is back and in this edition, she takes a look at KV1, tomb of the 20th Dynasty pharaoh Ramses VII. (Author’s comment: You can find an archive of Gemma’s Tuesday Tomb posts over here) Akhenaten and Monotheism (History and Archaeology Blog) René writes about the … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 20th May 2013


9 Highly Questionable Actions Committed By Indiana Jones (WhatCulture!) If you think Indiana Jones is a model professional archaeologist, you’d be wrong. Ryan Lynch takes a look at Dr Jones’s track record and lists 9 highly questionable actions committed by the much-loved fictional archaeologist. (Author’s comment: I love this article! The question is, who’s the bigger … Continue reading »

Archaeology News – 13th to 19th May 2013


Africa: Al Ruwaida site yields unique archaeological find (Gulf News) Alexandria plans for a new maritime museum (Al-Shorfa) Cemetery Reveals Baby-Making Season in Ancient Egypt (Live Science) Earliest Evidence of Hunting by Human Ancestors Found in Kenya (Sci-News) Skeleton of a Roman warrior unearthed in south Egypt (Ahram Online) Asia: 15 antique items seized‚ one … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 17th May 2013


King Arthur’s Hall Update (The Heritage Trust) Roy Goutté posts an update on the survey of the King Arthur’s Hall site on King Arthur’s Down on Bodmin Moor. The Value of Unprovenanced Antiquities (A Year in Provenance) The author discusses the value of unprovenanced artefacts and highlights the differences between archaeology and treasure hunting. (Author’s comment: Please … Continue reading »

Unearthed: 15th May 2013


How to Teach yourself Ancient (and Modern) Languages (GraecoMuse) Jenni shares some great tips on how to teach yourself an ancient (or modern) language. (Author’s comment: I re-blogged this post a couple of days ago but if you missed it, do check it out. I also think I might be the follower who’s trying to teach … Continue reading »

Learning About Life From Death in Akhenaten's Egypt


Reblogged from Bones Don't Lie: The city of Amarna was a 17 year period of change and drama in Egypt’s ancient history. It was established as the capital city of Egypt in 1353 BC during the late 18th dynasty by Pharaoh Akhenaten. He founded the city on virgin land in order to be ”seat of the First … Continue reading »

How to Teach yourself Ancient (and Modern) Languages


Reblogged from GraecoMuse: One of my main loves in ancient history and archaeology is the learning of ancient languages. This post is in response to one of my followers who is currently trying to teach herself Mayan glyphs. But I know there are many of you out there who have struggled to teach yourself languages … Continue reading »

TV Series: Chinese Civilization


Note: This blog post is a reworking of a post I wrote for an older, now defunct, blog of mine. The links should still be active but if you encounter any dead links, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Chinese archaeology isn’t just about Great Walls, dragon emperors, and fictional Daggers of Xi’an. … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 2013: Gunbai War Fan


In the last edition of Arte-Factual, we looked at the history and context of the Ban Chiang vase, one of the many collectable relics Lara stumbles upon in Tomb Raider 2013. This time, we will look at one of the relics Lara finds in the Mountain Temple: a Gunbai war fan. Gunbai fans, also known as gunbai uchiwa (軍配団扇) … Continue reading »

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