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Unearthed: 23rd-29th June 2014

Another week is drawing to a close and what a week it’s been for the Tomb Raider fandom. Not only was issue 5 of Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comic series released this week, Crystal Dynamics also confirmed that a new Tomb Raider novel will be published this autumn. And that’s not all. Here’s a round-up of the blog posts, articles, and tweets that caught my attention this week! Tomb Raider News & Views: Survivor Reborn ... [Continue Reading]

29/06/2014 // 0 Comments

The 5 Best Archaeological Pranks and Hoaxes

Over the years, April Fool’s pranks have become a fun way for journalists and archaeologists to keep their readers on their toes on April 1st. Whether they publish fictitious articles that claim Noah’s Ark or the Holy Grail have finally been found or perpetrate elaborate hoaxes that fool even the savviest of anthropologists, there’s certainly no shortage of pranksters within the scientific community. Here are my ... [Continue Reading]

01/04/2014 // 5 Comments

The Discovery of a Long-Lost Maya City in Campeche, Mexico

An international team of Mexican and foreign archaeologists led by Dr. Ivan Šprajc recently discovered the remains of a large Maya city in the jungles of Campeche in south-eastern Mexico (the same general area that Lara explored in Tomb Raider: Underworld). The city, which has been named Chactún (“Red Rock”), is thought to have flourished during the Late Classic Period (600 and 900 AD)  and was the political centre of an area ... [Continue Reading]

19/06/2013 // 3 Comments

Sunken Civilizations: Heracleion

From Franck Goddio’s website: Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality. Before the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC, the city knew glorious times as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world. It had also a religious importance because of the temple of Amun, which played an important role in rites associated with dynasty continuity. The ... [Continue Reading]

08/06/2013 // 0 Comments

News: 2nd Century Wooden Mask Unearthed in Nara, Japan

Archaeologists working at the Daifuku archaeological site (大福遺跡) in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, have unearthed a fragment of a wooden mask thought to date back to the mid to late 2nd century. The mask is made of Japanese umbrella pine and bears a strong resemblance to a mask that was found at the Makimuku archaeological site (纒向遺跡) in 2007. Makimuku is a site under much scrutiny in Japan because it is considered a ... [Continue Reading]

05/06/2013 // 2 Comments

Popular Archaeology: The Lost Temples of Angkor

Popular Archaeology published an article about the discovery of five pre-Angkorian temples in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchay province in February 2013. Archaeological field survey and excavation work in Cambodia is often hampered by the presence of land mines, legacies of the bloody civil wars that threatened to tear the country apart in the 1970s, but…. …Despite that danger, on that day, in February of 2013, [Nady] Phann and his ... [Continue Reading]

03/06/2013 // 2 Comments

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 held (The Himalayan Times) Agriculture in China Predates Domesticated Rice: ... [Continue Reading]

19/05/2013 // 1 Comment

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) Historic Rama temple cries for attention (The Hindu) Over 250 monuments ... [Continue Reading]

21/04/2013 // 0 Comments

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 Lara correctly identifies it as being from Thailand. Perhaps she had seen a similar vase in a museum or had visited ... [Continue Reading]

15/04/2013 // 7 Comments

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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 says (The Times of India) Central America : ... [Continue Reading]

07/04/2013 // 0 Comments

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Archaeology News – 25th to 31st March 2013

Africa : Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy (USA Today) Key finds at Egypt’s Heraklion (Greek Reporter) Newly found pyramids reveal aspects of social equality in ancient Sudan (Middle East Online) Asia : Discovery of Yongle tongbao suggests Zheng He made it to Africa ahead of the Europeans (The Australian) Excavation of Thai king’s tomb almost complete (Eleven Myanmar) Mystery unfolds: Monastery unearthed in Taxila valley ... [Continue Reading]

31/03/2013 // 1 Comment

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Archaeology News - 18th to 24th March 2013

Encroachment Continues on Egypt’s Archaeological Sites, Al-Bordan (Ahram Online) Egyptian archaeologists and the local antiquities police have succeeded in halting illegal construction works at the Al-Bordan archaeological site, which is located on the Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh highway. They are now pressing charges against a contractor company which is believed to be responsible for the damage caused to many of the site’s ... [Continue Reading]

24/03/2013 // 1 Comment

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham and Modern-Day Explorers

On 24th July 1911, the Yale archaeologist and intrepid explorer Hiram Bingham III caught his first glimpse of the remote Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during an expedition to find the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the beleaguered Inca Empire. Although it’s now thought that the site had been visited (and plundered) by others before him, Bingham is credited with bringing Machu Picchu to the world’s attention. Over the ... [Continue Reading]

17/03/2013 // 5 Comments

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in Tomb Raider 2013. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the final resting place of this mysterious queen? The location of Yamatai-koku is a subject of intense debate within Japanese archaeological circles. Some believe ... [Continue Reading]

11/03/2013 // 5 Comments

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