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Arte-Factual: Mongolian Tug (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Spoiler warning: This article does not contain any plot or location spoilers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, I leave it entirely up to the reader to decide whether they wish to continue scrolling down or not… In her quest to find Kitezh in the frozen hinterlands of Siberia, Lara Croft stumbles upon the remains of the ancient armies and intrepid explorers who have tried (and failed) to conquer this once-glorious and remote city. One of the artefacts Lara discovers throughout the course of the game is a battle-damaged Mongolian tug, a relic of a failed Mongol invasion in the ... [Continue Reading]

February 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2016

How many times have you wished you could study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances or suitable classes in your area? Well, thanks to the magic of online learning, you needn’t let distance or budgetary concerns stop you from indulging your passion for the past. Web-based MOOCs (or massive open online courses) have helped transform education, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

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 archaeological procedure. Not only do such tropes give the public a poor idea of what archaeologists actually do for a living; in the most extreme cases, they ... [Continue Reading]

October 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

A Pilgrimage to Himiko’s Tomb

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yamatai or take a leisurely stroll around Himiko’s tomb. But one hot (and thankfully not too humid) day in September, my husband and I got the chance to do just that when we took some time off from our regular sightseeing and boarded a train bound for Nara, a former capital city not far from Osaka that’s renowned for its ancient temples, giant Buddha statue, and free-roaming deer. Once there, we transferred onto a smaller regional train bound for Makimuku, a small and fairly nondescript station on the Sakurai Line. To most, ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

Book Review: Samantha Sutton and the Temple of Traitors

Last November, archaeologist and author Jordan Jacobs approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the first two novels in his Samantha Sutton archaeology adventure series and very kindly sent me review copies shortly after our initial chat. While I don’t really fall under the series’ target demographic, I quickly became engrossed in its first two volumes, which, thankfully, managed to avoid most (if not all) of the classic “adventurer archaeologist” tropes and relied on actual archaeological method to push the narrative forward. The series’ ... [Continue Reading]

August 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Tombs Aplenty in the Gamescom Rise of the Tomb Raider Demo

This time last year, Tomb Raider fans were up in arms when Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a timed exclusive. It was a move that threatened to tear the Tomb Raider fan community to shreds as one of their beloved game series fell victim to the scourge of “console exclusivity”. Petitions were launched, angry tweets were tweeted, and updates on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page turned into “Console Wars” battlefields overnight. Hell hath no fury like a Tomb Raider fan scorned… Now that the dust has settled and we ... [Continue Reading]

August 5, 2015 // 6 Comments

Arte-Factual: Gilded Chinthe (Relic Run)

With Rise of the Tomb Raider still months away from release, the endless-runner mobile game Lara Croft: Relic Run has provided Tomb Raider fans with their much-needed fix of Crofty goodness. Relic Run has not only provided me with hours of entertaining gameplay and amusing ragdoll deaths; it’s also offered me a whole new selection of artefacts to feature on this blog. So let’s kick things off by looking at one of the 20 relics from the game’s Jungle Temple level, the Gilded Chinthe. Chinthes are mythical leonine creatures (or leogryphs) that can be found at the ... [Continue Reading]

June 10, 2015 // 5 Comments

Arte-Factual: Griffin-Head Protome (Tomb Raider: Anniversary)

One of the two relics Lara discovers amongst the ruins of Midas’ Palace in Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the griffin-head protome, a bronze decorative piece that she correctly surmises was once fitted onto an Ancient Greek cauldron or drinking vessel. What Lara’s declaration doesn’t tell us, however, is where such an artefact would have been produced or what the use of a griffin motif tells us about Ancient Greece’s cultural links with its neighbours across the Mediterranean. Let’s start by taking a closer look at the artefact itself. A protome was a type of ... [Continue Reading]

April 21, 2015 // 10 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider 2nd Anniversary Q&A

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I launched The Archaeology of Tomb Raider. It seemed like only yesterday that I posted the blog’s first article, a news item on the real-life search for Queen Himiko’s tomb, but here we are, some 260+ blog posts later. :) I want to thank everyone who’s been following this blog and its related social media accounts for helping make The Archaeology of Tomb Raider the mini-success story it is. This fansite would be nothing without its readers and supporters. I’d thank you all personally but there’s a ... [Continue Reading]

March 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

Pillagers of the Past and an Interview with Author Jordan Jacobs

For decades, Hollywood and other entertainment outlets have depicted archaeologists as globe-trotting treasure hunters with a thirst for adventure, a taste for shiny trinkets, and a flagrant disregard for the integrity and safety of the ancient sites they’re trespassing on. Lost cities are a staple plot point of your average archaeological adventure and encounters with the mystical and/or paranormal are almost a certainty. Despite the best efforts of professional archaeologists and academics to portray their profession in a more accurate light, the “adventurer archaeologist” ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Book Review: The Samantha Sutton Series by Jordan Jacobs

I had just turned 16 when the first Tomb Raider was released and I remember how I was instantly wowed by the game’s athletic, fiercely independent, and intelligent female protagonist. As a tomboyish bookworm, I grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton novels, encyclopaedias, and any books on Ancient Egypt I could get my hands on at our small, under-stocked local library. And despite the countless hours I spent reading, I never seemed to come across any female characters I could truly identify with or admire. That was until Lara Croft came along and swan-dived into my life. Granted, she ... [Continue Reading]

January 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #8

UPDATE: Tomb Raider #8 is now available to purchase on Amazon or Amazon UK. Picking up where issue 7 left off, Tomb Raider #8 sees Lara continue on her quest to find Kaz, Alex’s sister, who is hiding out in the derelict (and radioactive) city of Pripyat, Ukraine. But it soon becomes clear that Lara is not alone in her quest and that there’s a mad killer closing in on her. Featuring some gorgeous artwork from Derlis Santacruz, this is the second comic to be co-written by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett and it sets out to answer some of the questions raised in #7 as well as ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Arte-Factual: Apsaras, the Celestial Dancers of Hindu Myth (Tomb Raider 3)

It recently came to my attention that, despite having launched this blog almost two years ago, I still hadn’t written any articles on the Core Design classic Tomb Raider 3. So it’s time to set that right. Introducing new vehicles and a less linear globe-trotting adventure, Tomb Raider 3 also featured some stunning artwork from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, such as the dancers motif seen in the screenshot below and throughout the game’s India levels. The dancers are, in fact, apsaras (often described as “divine nymphs” or “celestial ... [Continue Reading]

October 15, 2014 // 3 Comments

Interview with Andy Sandham of Core Design

If, like me, you’ve ever wondered what inspired the level design and art of Core Design’s Tomb Raider games, you should check out Ash Kapriélov’s interview with level designer, artist, and scriptwriter Andy Sandham. Over the course of this two-part interview, Andy explains why he set a level in the abandoned Aldwych Tube station, talks about the team’s decision to try and kill off Lara Croft at the end of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, and sheds some light on the tools and techniques used to incorporate real-life art in the games. I’d long suspected that ... [Continue Reading]

October 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

In the Spotlight: Eldin M

So, tell us a little about yourself. My name is Eldin and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country in the heart of the Europe. I am 21 years old and a gamer from the heart, but, most of all, I am a big fan of Tomb Raider. In my free time, I like to write all kind of stories and, of course, play games. When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series? I remember that I was in 6th grade of elementary school. Back then, we had PlayStation Clubs and I was so hooked that my parents were giving me money almost every day. On my birthday that same year, my father had had enough and he ... [Continue Reading]

August 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

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