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Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris: First Impressions

Thanks to what I can only assume was a slight boo-boo on my local gamestore’s part, I received my copy of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris (Gold Edition) almost a week ahead of its official release date and ended up spending part of my weekend playing through the first few sections of the game in both single-player and 2-player co-op mode. Without spoiling too much, I thought I’d share my first impressions of the game with you ... [Continue Reading]

07/12/2020 // 13 Comments

Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Q&A with Scot Amos

Square Enix hosted a live Q&A session with Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Executive Producer Scot Amos over on the official Tomb Raider forum on 25th November 2014. Over the course of the hour-long session, Scot took the opportunity to answer many of the fans’ questions about the upcoming game, its gameplay features, and the future of the Lara Croft spin-off series. Here’s a short selection of questions and answers from ... [Continue Reading]

26/11/2020 // 2 Comments

Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far. So here’s an introduction to the Temple of ... [Continue Reading]

17/09/2020 // 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]

17/07/2020 // 12 Comments

Arte-Factual: The Dendera Zodiac (The Last Revelation)

It seems that everyone is going crazy for Katy Perry’s latest music video, Dark Horse, which presents a very colourful, if somewhat inaccurate, view of Ancient Egypt. So I thought I’d jump on the latest “Egyptomania” bandwagon and look at a famous sculpture that can be seen in the Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation level, Cleopatra’s Palaces. Perhaps you may recall seeing a large blue disc painted on (or carved out ... [Continue Reading]

26/02/2021 // 8 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 ... [Continue Reading]

02/12/2020 // 2 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]

12/11/2020 // 5 Comments

Lara’s Travels: KV5

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the KV5 level of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation was rather dull and forgettable. There are no real tombs to explore, no noteworthy treasures to find and you spend most of your time driving a jeep through sand dunes, dodging grenades, and avoiding deadly spike pits. Perhaps the level designers just didn’t realize that the real KV5 would turn out to be the largest tomb ever found in the Valley of ... [Continue Reading]

10/11/2020 // 4 Comments

Photo Gallery: Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures

I love taking photos when I’m on holiday but, like many others, I’m guilty of taking way too many photos and tend to forget to share them on Facebook or simply print them out. So what better way to share some of my photos than posting them on the blog for you to see? ;-) Below you will find a selection of photos I took while visiting the exhibition Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures in Brussels in June 2011 (the Belgian site is ... [Continue Reading]

23/09/2020 // 4 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 ... [Continue Reading]

15/09/2020 // 15 Comments

CLOSED: Enter the 1st Archaeology of Tomb Raider Sweepstake Competition!

UPDATE: This competition has now ended. Thanks to everyone who took part in our first sweepstake! Keep an eye out for future competitions on this blog. :) It’s been 6 months since The Archaeology of Tomb Raider was launched! And what better way to celebrate it than with a sweepstake competition? I’m afraid I don’t have any official Tomb Raider merchandise in stock but I do have 2 great books on Ancient Egypt to give away to 2 ... [Continue Reading]

09/09/2020 // 1 Comment

Arte-Factual: Anubis Shrine (The Times Exclusive)

In the last edition of Arte-Factual, I wrote about the Metal Inrō from Tomb Raider 2013 and explained how these cases were used in pre-modern Japan. This time around, I will be taking a look at a well-known Ancient Egyptian artefact that makes an appearance in The Times Exclusive Level, a stand-alone level that was released in December 1999 and developed in conjunction with The Times newspaper.** The artefact in question is the Anubis statue ... [Continue Reading]

04/09/2020 // 10 Comments

EgyptologyBooks.Com

Update: This domain appears to have expired so I’ve removed the links. You can find a wide range of books on Ancient Egypt at other online stores, such as Amazon. If you’re looking for books on Ancient Egypt and Egyptology, you’ll find a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, and e-books over at EgyptologyBooks.Com (no longer active). EgyptologyBooks.Com is an online referral book store which specializes ... [Continue Reading]

01/09/2020 // 7 Comments

Arte-Factual: Egyptian Cat Statue (Tomb Raider 1)

Yesterday was World Cat Day so I thought I’d celebrate it (albeit belatedly) by writing a post about one of the most easily recognizable artefacts seen in the original Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider Gold: Unfinished Business, the Gayer-Anderson cat statue. A replica of this famous and much-loved statue could be found in the City of Khamoon and was apparently so appealing that Lara returned to the site in Unfinished Business to add the ... [Continue Reading]

09/08/2020 // 15 Comments

Jean-Yves Empereur: A Career in Ruins

“All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” How often have we seen these words appear on the big screen, on TV, or in print? But oddly enough, there was one occasion where the resemblance to a fictional character in a Tomb Raider game was perhaps a little too close for comfort. Does the name Jean Yves ring any bells? In 2001, the Alexandria-based ... [Continue Reading]

02/08/2020 // 6 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” ... [Continue Reading]

28/07/2020 // 2 Comments

The University of Manchester’s Short Courses in Egyptology

Would you love to study Egyptology but are unable to commit to a degree programme? Or do you want to focus on just one specific aspect of Ancient Egyptian history or culture? If so, you may be interested in the University of Manchester’s short courses in Egyptology. These non-credit bearing courses are 10 weeks long (6 weeks of taught modules plus 4 weeks to allow for late completion and further discussion) and are taught entirely online ... [Continue Reading]

25/07/2020 // 7 Comments

Unearthed: 17th July 2013

Blogs & Articles: Google Earth fuelling ‘armchair archaeology’ (Australian Geographic) Google Earth has become one of the tools used by a growing number of archaeologists to unearth clues about past civilizations from the comfort and safety of their offices and/or homes. One archaeologist has even managed to identify over 600 sites of archaeological interest in Afghanistan with the help of his students. Pyramids of Teotihuacan (Jaunting ... [Continue Reading]

17/07/2020 // 6 Comments

Unearthed: 14th July 2013

Despite criticism, there is value in an anthropology degree (MLive.Com) Deana Weibel addresses concerns that anthropology and archaeology degrees aren’t good investments and explains why there is still some value in studying for Bachelors in these subjects. This piece was written in response to another article in which the author refers to archaeology students as “Indiana Joneses” and archaeology degrees as “clunker ... [Continue Reading]

14/07/2020 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 8th July 2013

Checklist for a Great CV (The Blog of Dean Weller | ‘The Careers Guy’) It’s that time of year when archaeology graduates will normally find themselves applying for further study or jobs. If you fall under the latter category, here are some tips for writing the perfect CV. Volunteer army drafted to map every ancient hill fort (BBC News) The UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council will be funding a 4-year project to ... [Continue Reading]

08/07/2020 // 0 Comments

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