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Guest Blog: A Survivor Is Born, or How the Tomb Raider Reboot Rebooted My Life (Part 1)

Guest Blog by Rurik. It has been my experience that gamers are regularly type-cast as a sedentary lot who prefer to live out lives full of danger and excitement through the various characters of their games of choice rather than making the more difficult choice to step outside and build an exciting life of their own. Whether or not that remains the entirety of the truth, I do think you would be doing the wonder of existence a disservice to ... [Continue Reading]

10/08/2015 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Strahov District, Prague

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Tomb Raider series is the inclusion of real-life artefacts and locations in the games, even if the level designers and artists employed a heavy dose of artistic license in their efforts. During a family trip to Prague this Easter, I made a point of exploring the city’s Strahov district with my husband in tow (my mum declined the invitation in favour of some retail therapy) and we soon ... [Continue Reading]

12/05/2015 // 1 Comment

Lara’s Travels: Zapadnaya Litsa

Lara Croft will soon be heading off to Siberia for her next adventure but long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series will know that this will certainly not be her first visit to the Russian Federation. In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, our heroine travelled to an ancient settlement in Siberia (though actually filmed in Iceland) in search of one half of the mystic Triangle of Light. And fans of the Core Design games may remember that Ms Croft once ... [Continue Reading]

22/02/2015 // 1 Comment

Lara’s Travels: The Dragon’s Triangle

Fans of Tomb Raider 2013 will recall that Lara and the Endurance crew venture into the region known as the Dragon’s Triangle in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Throughout the course of the game, players became well-acquainted with this fictional island, its inhabitants, and the supernatural conditions that prevented people from leaving its shores. But what do we know about the Triangle itself? The Dragon’s Triangle, also ... [Continue Reading]

29/11/2014 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much ... [Continue Reading]

27/07/2014 // 3 Comments

5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

Long-time readers of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will probably be familiar with my series, Lara’s Travels, which looks at the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex which may have been the inspiration for Tomb Raider 1’s St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Lara’s ... [Continue Reading]

17/07/2014 // 13 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Cistern

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited dozens of archaeologically fascinating places but not all of them have been particularly glamorous. One such place that instantly springs to mind is the Cistern in Tomb Raider 1. When I first started playing Tomb Raider back in 1996, I bought myself a copy of the Prima official strategy guide to help me get through the game (Stella’s Walkthroughs wasn’t around back then) and while flicking ... [Continue Reading]

17/06/2014 // 2 Comments

Photo Gallery: Trajan’s Market, Rome

Some of you may recall that I visited Rome, “The Eternal City”, in mid November. I’ve finally gotten round to sorting out my holiday photos so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took at Trajan’s Market. Tomb Raider fans will probably recognize the name as it was one of the places Lara Croft visits in the 2000 game Tomb Raider Chronicles. I plan to write about Trajan’s Market at greater length in an ... [Continue Reading]

08/12/2013 // 6 Comments

Would You Visit a Fake Tomb?

Egyptian authorities recently announced that a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb will be erected near the Luxor home of Howard Carter, where it will stay until the completion of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza in 2015. Although the real tomb (KV62) will remain open to the public for the time being, the officials hope that the replica will divert tourists away from the original and allow conservators to conduct much-needed repairs to the ... [Continue Reading]

12/11/2013 // 5 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Meteora

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, I wrote about the island of Jan Mayen in the Arctic Ocean, one of the real-life locations featured in Tomb Raider: Underworld. This time, however, we’ll be going back in time to where it all began and look at one of the places Lara visits in the original Tomb Raider (and Anniversary): St. Francis’ Folly. Of course, there is no real-life St. Francis’ Folly (try not to be too ... [Continue Reading]

11/09/2013 // 12 Comments

Photo: The Great Wall of China

This photo was taken along the Badaling (八达岭) section of the Great Wall during my third visit to the Wall in September 2010. Many choose to avoid this section of the Great Wall, deriding it as too touristy and overdeveloped, but if you’re short on time, Badaling is perhaps one of the easiest sections to get to, especially if you don’t have your own transportation. The Badaling section of the Great Wall was built in 1505 and has ... [Continue Reading]

01/07/2013 // 4 Comments

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 one of the Maya’s ... [Continue Reading]

22/04/2013 // 6 Comments

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 Croft has visited during her travels. I had originally planned to write a paragraph or two about each of these places but, due to time constraints, I’ve inserted links to their official UNESCO pages instead. Here are some of the ... [Continue Reading]

18/04/2013 // 2 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Maya Ruins of Southern Mexico (Part 1)

If you enjoyed exploring the Maya ruins of southern Mexico in Tomb Raider: Underworld, you might be interested to know that you can explore real Maya ruins from the comfort of your home by taking one of the virtual tours mentioned below. Whilst they are no substitute for the real thing, they’re a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the major Maya sites of Mexico’s southern states if you can’t afford to travel there. ... [Continue Reading]

29/03/2013 // 10 Comments

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 // 7 Comments

Which Tomb Raider Location Would You Love to Explore in Real Life?

If you had the money and means to explore any of the locations featured in the Tomb Raider game or film series, where would you go? Angkor Wat? Antarctica? Peru? Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a message below! Update: Popular answers included Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm in Cambodia, Peru, the Great Wall of China, India, and Egypt. Follow the Archaeology of Tomb Raider on social ... [Continue Reading]

14/03/2013 // 20 Comments

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