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Arte-Factual: Ancient Greek Wrestlers (Tomb Raider 1)

If you’ve been following my antics on Twitter, you’ll probably know that I’ve recently been revisiting the Greece levels of Tomb Raider 1, sniffing out material for a  new edition of Arte-Factual. It had been years since I last played the 1996 classic so I’d almost forgotten how much real-life art makes an appearance throughout the game. One of the artworks that caught my eye while exploring the Colosseum level earlier ... [Continue Reading]

12/05/2020 // 2 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt (CLOSED)

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page has hit the 1,000-like mark and to celebrate this milestone, I’m launching a brand new competition: The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt. Since I don’t have any official Tomb Raider merchandise to give away, I will once again be giving away three books from my personal library to three lucky readers (i.e. one book per person). The books are pre-owned but are in good condition. ... [Continue Reading]

20/12/2020 // 9 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 ... [Continue Reading]

07/10/2020 // 11 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]

11/09/2020 // 12 Comments

Arte-Factual: Athenian Owl Figurine (Tomb Raider: Anniversary)

In the last edition of Arte-Factual, I wrote about the Gayer-Anderson cat statue and its virtual counterpart seen in the original Tomb Raider. This time around, I will be looking at an artefact that depicts one of my favourite animals: the Athenian Owl Figurine. The Athenian Owl Figure is one of the collectible relics found in Tomb Raider: Anniversary and, as its name suggests, is a depiction of the owl normally associated with the Greek goddess ... [Continue Reading]

18/08/2020 // 8 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 ... [Continue Reading]

23/06/2020 // 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 ... [Continue Reading]

12/06/2020 // 0 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 ... [Continue Reading]

21/05/2020 // 0 Comments

Daily Links: 6th April 2013

Tomb Raider Thoughts From A Lara Newbie (Rock, Paper, Shotgun) A Tomb Raider newcomer shares his thoughts on the new Tomb Raider game. (Author’s comment: I wonder how many people who have played TR 2013 have never played one of the older games. Has this new game reached a new, wider audience?) Then + Now: Machu Picchu (National Geographic) Jonathan Irish compares modern-day Machu Picchu with that seen in a photo taken by Hiram Bingham ... [Continue Reading]

06/04/2020 // 0 Comments


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