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What Do Archaeologists Think of ‘Tomb Raider’?

It’s fair to say that many archaeologists have a love-hate relationship with their fictional counterparts and with the way their profession is portrayed in popular culture. On the one hand, films and other works of fiction help perpetuate the trope of the “adventurer-archaeologist”, those Indiana Jones-types who spend their lives sniffing out lost cities and ancient treasures with little (or no) regard for proper ... [Continue Reading]

October 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The E3 Ambassadors Talk Tomb Raider and Lara Croft

In June 2015, Crystal Dynamics and Xbox invited a group of Tomb Raider fan site admins to represent the TR fanbase at E3. During their stay in Los Angeles, the ambassadors were treated to some press-only demo footage (i.e. the Syria demo mentioned elsewhere on this site) and got the chance to interview some of the Rise of the Tomb Raider development team to learn more about the upcoming game. Now that the E3 dust has settled, let’s see ... [Continue Reading]

July 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

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]

June 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The First Lady of Chinese Archaeology

Trowelblazers recently published an article I wrote for them on the career of the Chinese archaeologist Zheng Zhenxiang and her discovery of the tomb of the Shang Dynasty female general and priestess Lady Fu Hao. Although this isn’t strictly Tomb Raider-related, I know that a lot of you are interested in archaeology and female archaeologists so here’s a short excerpt of my article for you to enjoy: Zheng Zhenxiang (born in 1929) was ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2013 // 8 Comments

Why Study a Dead Language?

In her article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”, Josephine Livingstone argues that there is still some value in learning dead (or extinct) languages such as Latin, Old English, and Sanskrit as they allow us access to a vast body of ancient literature and can even make it easier for people to acquire other modern languages. Sometimes we need to remember, however, that there are reasons for learning extinct languages beyond ... [Continue Reading]

September 16, 2013 // 11 Comments

Article: TrowelBlazers: In Search of the Female Indiana Jones

Dr. Victoria Herridge, one of the co-founders of the amazing TrowelBlazers Tumblr blog, wrote an article for CNN’s Leading Women feature in which she talked about the blog and its mission to celebrate the lives and careers of the remarkable (and often overlooked) women who have made valuable contributions to the fields of palaeontology, geology, and archaeology over the past couple of centuries. I was bombarded with more examples of ... [Continue Reading]

June 22, 2013 // 9 Comments

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 more effectively ... [Continue Reading]

May 26, 2013 // 5 Comments

Article: Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema

In his article Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema, historian Mark A. Hall looks at how archaeology and archaeologists are depicted in popular cinema and considers how the recurring themes of cultural appropriation, cultural imperialism, and emphasis on “treasured objects” create a somewhat skewed and negative view of the profession. Among the films examined are the original Indiana Jones trilogy, the Mummy film ... [Continue Reading]

March 16, 2013 // 6 Comments

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