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5 Fantastic Online Resources on Norse Mythology

Valhalla, Mjölnir, Asgard, Thor, Helheim... All of these names will be familiar to those who have played Tomb Raider: Underworld or are fans of Marvel Comics’ long-running Thor comic-book series. But if you’re longing to learn more about the Norse myths and legends that helped inspire the narrative of TR:U, check out the five fantastic websites and online databases listed below! 1) Wikipedia’s Norse Mythology section ... [Continue Reading]

10/11/2014 // 1 Comment

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organizations, video games are responsible for many of modern-day’s social ills. They glorify violence, promote sexism, and can turn us into dangerous loners who can go off on a murderous rampage at the drop of a hat. Not only are these absurd claims completely unfounded, they do a real disservice to the gaming industry as a whole. Like the film and television industries, games ... [Continue Reading]

28/09/2014 // 7 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources on Aztec Mythology

In the co-op action/adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara and the Aztec warrior Totec find themselves in a race against time to stop Xolotl, the Keeper of Darkness, from destroying the world. Players may come across a number of relics throughout the game that are named after Aztec gods and mythological creatures, such as the Mask of Tezcatlipoca and Eye of Cipactli. But if you can’t tell your Cihuacoatls from ... [Continue Reading]

02/03/2014 // 6 Comments

Why I Blog About Archaeology (and Tomb Raider)

Doug, author of the blog Doug’s Archaeology, will be hosting a blogging carnival on the subject of archaeology and blogging in the lead-up to next year’s Society for American Archaeology (SAA) conference. Each month, Doug will post a question on his blog and invite other bloggers to share their thoughts and opinions on certain issues. This sounded like a fantastic initiative to address the role of blogging in archaeology so I ... [Continue Reading]

06/11/2013 // 12 Comments

Why We Love Ancient Languages

Earlier this week, I published a post titled “Why Study a Dead Language?”, which included an excerpt of Josephine Livingstone’s article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”. Apart from a few failed attempts to learn Middle Egyptian, I can’t really say I’ve tried to learn any “dead” languages. So I asked a few readers and followers on social media to share their experiences and reasons for ... [Continue Reading]

20/09/2013 // 3 Comments

7 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following

Are you interested in Ancient Egypt and looking for some quality blogs to read? Then look no further! Here are seven Egyptology blogs that get the Archaeology of Tomb Raider stamp of approval! 1) The Egyptiana Emporium - This blog is run by Gemma, an Egyptology graduate, and was one of the most popular blogs at the time of writing. The main focus of the blog is on Egyptological news, the examination of museum pieces, and the author’s own ... [Continue Reading]

15/09/2013 // 15 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 ... [Continue Reading]

28/06/2013 // 2 Comments

Day of Archaeology 2013

Those of you on Twitter may have already heard about the Day of Archaeology. But for those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the Day of Archaeology is a communal blogging project which aims to give the public a better insight into the daily lives of archaeologists and heritage workers around the world. Once a year, archaeologists and archaeology students are invited to write about their exploits in the field, workplace or classroom ... [Continue Reading]

30/04/2013 // 3 Comments

Book of the Dead of Hunefer

The Independent: What’s It Like to Study… Egyptology

Ever wondered what it would be like to study Egyptology at university? If so, check out Gemma Smith’s article about her experiences as a student of Egyptology at Swansea University! This was originally published on the Independent’s website as part of its 2012 Fresher’s Guide and is full of practical advice for budding Egyptologists. If you had asked me on A Level results day “Where do you see yourself in ten years’ ... [Continue Reading]

21/03/2013 // 0 Comments

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