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Guest Blog: 6 Amazing Archaeological Sites That Lara Croft Hasn’t Visited (But Really Should)

Guest Blog by Lisa-Marie Shillito (@ArchaeologyLisa) 1) Pavlopetri - The City Beneath the Waves In the original Tomb Raider Lara finds herself in the fabled lost city of Atlantis, known only through the written accounts of Plato around 360 BC, where it is said to have vanished beneath the waves some 9000 years earlier. This would make Atlantis around 11,000 years old, pushing its occupation right back to the beginning of the Holocene, or the end of the last Ice Age. In archaeological terms, this date corresponds with the early Neolithic cultures of sites such as Jericho in the Near ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2021 // 2 Comments

The Month in Review - November 2013

Normally I’d send out a newsletter to those of you who subscribed to my mailing list but, after some thought, I’ve decided to do away with the monthly newsletter for the foreseeable future. It was a nice idea but I guess it just makes more sense to post my monthly reviews on the blog instead. So without further ado, here are the highlights of the past month! Blog News: The Archaeology of Tomb Raider got its very own domain name earlier this month - Feel free to update your bookmarks and/or blogroll! Speaking of blogrolls, you can now find ... [Continue Reading]

December 2, 2020 // 2 Comments

Arte-Factual: Minoan Dolphin Fresco (Tomb Raider 1)

Time for another blast from the past as we return once again to the original 1996 Tomb Raider for this edition of Arte-Factual! If you’ve ever played the original game, you may have noticed that the game developers drew inspiration from real-life artworks and artefacts, such as the Toltec pillars at Tula in Mexico, the Gayer-Anderson cat statue, and the Chimú bird motifs that adorn the adobe walls of buildings at Chan Chan in Peru. This time around, we’ll be looking at the walls of a pool seen at the start of the Palace Midas level, which appears to be modelled on the famous ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2020 // 12 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 boarding-school nostalgia or a burning desire to get into the Tory cabinet. Considering that Arabic or German could be your ticket straight out of the ... [Continue Reading]

September 16, 2020 // 11 Comments

Guest Blog: Life Might Not Be a Video Game But…

This guest blog by Anya Martin is the fourth in our Tomb Raider Inspirations series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series share their thoughts on the franchise and its leading lady and explain how their personal and/or professional lives have been influenced by one of the most successful video game series to date. In her guest post, Anya shares her thoughts on the Tomb Raider series and explains how Lara’s single-minded dedication has helped shape her own worldview. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I first saw the Tomb Raider Inspirations ... [Continue Reading]

August 12, 2020 // 13 Comments

Unearthed: 28th July 2013

Blogs & Articles: Wat, like Tomb Raider? (Some Well Travelled Sandals) Emily channels her inner Lara Croft as she explores the beautiful Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Day of Archaeology 2013: A Day in the Life of Bones Don’t Lie (Bones Don’t Lie) Fellow Tomb Raider fan Katy does her part to raise public awareness of the awesomeness of archaeology by taking part in this year’s Day of Archaeology. The history and “secrets” of Antarctica (Unearthed) In Tomb Raider 3, Antarctica was home to a lost city. But is there any evidence that Antarctica was once home to any lost ... [Continue Reading]

July 28, 2020 // 2 Comments

Free History & Art History Courses at Saylor.Org

If you’re looking for a way to broaden your knowledge of ancient history, the Classics, and/or art history at your own pace and for free, you will find an excellent selection of open courses on Saylor.Org. The Saylor Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and was founded on the principal that education should be free and readily accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Saylor.Org is the Foundation’s online education initiative and boasts a catalogue of over 270 free, self-paced courses on a wide range of subjects, including art history, biology, ... [Continue Reading]

June 28, 2020 // 3 Comments

Unearthed: 23rd June 2013

Archaeology Blog: Back in the Trenches (GraecoMuse) Real archaeology may not be anything like the “archaeology” depicted in the Tomb Raider games but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and good fun, as Jenni’s latest blog post shows. High-tech inspired insights into Japan’s ancient ‘Kofun’ burial mounds (Phys.Org) Japanese archaeologist Izumi Niiro talks about the high-tech techniques he’s using to study and survey kofun (古墳) burial mounds in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture. Lost Continents and Other Historical Fiction ... [Continue Reading]

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 15th June 2013

Revealed: a lost city and a holy temple (Canberra Times) An amazing article and video on how a team of archaeologists used LiDAR remote sensing technology to discover a lost Angkorian city and temple in Cambodia’s Phnom Kulen mountain range. Guardians of Peru’s Treasures Stake Out Post Office to Block Smuggling (New York Times) William Neuman learns about some of the measures Peruvian archaeologists are taking to protect their country’s cultural heritage. Ancient Egyptian noble tombs of ‘virgin site’ looted (Ahram Online) The Qubbet El-Hawa necropolis on ... [Continue Reading]

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 13th June 2013

Buffy Writer Takes on Tomb Raider Reboot (IGN) Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon has been hired to work on the script for the upcoming MGM Tomb Raider reboot. People in heritage: John Schofield, archaeologist (Get Into Heritage) Archaeologist John Schofield shares some tips and careers advice for aspiring archaeologists. Angkor Wat: Photo Gallery (Elsewise Engaged) Simon and Kerri share some of the photos they took during a visit to Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples. Download 60 Free History Courses from Great Universities (Open Culture) Open Culture has compiled a list of 60 ... [Continue Reading]

June 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 12th June 2013

Why does the games industry have such a problem with female protagonists? (The Guardian) Belinda Parmer calls on the gaming industry to create more games with strong female protagonists and to tackle sexism within the industry. KALI-MA! Ritual Human Heart Extraction (Bones Don’t Lie) Remember that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Mola Ram removes the heart of a sacrificial victim? Katy questions whether such practices are supported by archaeological evidence. Cath’s Tomb Raider review (Burning in Water) Cath Barielle shares her thoughts on the latest Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

June 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

3 Months Down the Road

It’s been exactly three months since I launched The Archaeology of Tomb Raider and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for reading, sharing and commenting on my blog posts and for following me on Twitter and/or Facebook. It’s been an awesome three months and I’m still amazed how far this blog has come since its launch on 10th March 2013. This blog would be nothing if it weren’t for your interest and support. :) Top views by country: The USA The United Kingdom Canada Australia Turkey Top 3 blog posts: 10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian ... [Continue Reading]

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 27th May to 2nd June 2013

Life of Die (Girlz ‘N’ Games) In her latest webcomic, Noelle imagines how the blockbuster film Life of Pi would have turned out if a certain young archaeologist had climbed aboard that life raft. Hint: It doesn’t end well for one of the survivors. The Day Adventure Found Me (Jay’s Blog) Jay recounts his awesome day out at the MCM Comic Con in London last weekend. A day in the life of… a Heritage Consultant (Dig Ventures) Dig Venturer Peter Alexander talks about his career as a freelance heritage consultant and the dilemmas caused by museum storage. Square ... [Continue Reading]

June 1, 2020 // 1 Comment

Book Review: Ladies of the Field by Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams’ book, Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure [Buy this on Amazon/Amazon UK], 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 devoted wives who worked alongside their husbands, but all were inspirational, courageous and determined women who made names for themselves in a male-dominated field and helped shape the world around them. The seven women whose ... [Continue Reading]

May 31, 2020 // 15 Comments

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 infamous 18th Dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten and Egypt’s brief experiment with monotheism. Visiting the Dead: Archaeology, Museums and Human Remains (Res Gerendae) Classics student Philip shares his thoughts on ... [Continue Reading]

May 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

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