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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 ... [Continue Reading]

27/01/2015 // 4 Comments

Ill-Gotten Goods: Plundered Artefacts & the Illicit Antiquities Trade

If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider video game series or love the Indiana Jones films, you could be forgiven for thinking that archaeologists spend their lives searching for mystical lost artefacts or exploring strange lands. After all, when was the last time you saw Lara Croft taking soil samples during a field survey or Indiana Jones applying for excavation permits? Unfortunately, antiquities are big business and real-life tomb raiders ... [Continue Reading]

19/11/2013 // 1 Comment

Guest Blog: Lara Croft – Why I Love Her

This guest blog is the first in our Tomb Raider Inspirations blog series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series are invited to 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. Today’s guest blog is from Chloë, who explains why she is a die-hard fan of Lara Croft and how this famous fictional ... [Continue Reading]

18/07/2013 // 6 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 ... [Continue Reading]

15/06/2013 // 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]

12/06/2013 // 0 Comments

Article: Heroes, Mummies & Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies

Dr. Kevin McGeough’s article Heroes, Mummies & Treasure: Near Eastern Archaeology in the Movies examines the portrayal of Near Eastern archaeology in the movies and addresses the general public’s romantic view of archaeology as an adventurous (and often dangerous) occupation. He argues that archaeologists can better understand the public’s perception of archaeology and communicate archaeological knowledge more effectively ... [Continue Reading]

26/05/2013 // 4 Comments

Unearthed: 20th May 2013

9 Highly Questionable Actions Committed By Indiana Jones (WhatCulture!) If you think Indiana Jones is a model professional archaeologist, you’d be wrong. Ryan Lynch takes a look at Dr Jones’s track record and lists 9 highly questionable actions committed by the much-loved fictional archaeologist. (Author’s comment: I love this article! The question is, who’s the bigger sociopath? Indiana Jones or Lara?) Alice E. Kober, ... [Continue Reading]

20/05/2013 // 0 Comments

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Daily Links: 5th April 2013

EES Fieldwork and Engagement Manager (Egypt) - Recruitment information (Egypt Exploration Society) The Egypt Exploration Society is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, and well-organized Fieldwork and Engagement Manager to be the Society’s main representative in Egypt. Full details can be found on their website (click the link above). The Truth about Archaeology (Cloture Club) Comedian Andrew Heaton’s humorous account of ... [Continue Reading]

06/04/2013 // 0 Comments

Daily Links – 1st April 2013

Birds in ancient Egyptian society: some brief notes (Joyce Filer) Egyptologist Joyce Filer writes about some of the birds of ancient Egypt, using selected artwork, hieroglyphic texts, and mummified remains as reference material. Video games that make you feel like Indiana Jones (Kotaku) Kotaku has compiled a list of video games that have been influenced by the Indiana Jones films. (Author’s comment: Unsurprisingly, Tomb Raider made it onto ... [Continue Reading]

01/04/2013 // 0 Comments

Daily Links - 30th March 2013

Object biography #12: A wooden shabti of King Seti I (Acc. no. 13906) (Egypt at the Manchester Museum) Campbell writes about one of the wooden shabti figures of King Seti I in the Manchester Museum’s collection. Hitachi to sponsor a new online archaeology and arts project (The Heritage Trust) Hitachi’s European division will be donating £120,000 to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures to develop a ... [Continue Reading]

30/03/2013 // 0 Comments

Via Memoriae Classicae III - Tomb Raider

Originally posted on res gerendae:
Righto, then. Let’s talk a bit about computer games. Being a shy and somewhat awkward teenager, a lot of the most memorable experiences of my secondary school years came vicariously from a games console or our just-about-operational-most-of-the-time PC. I explored Super Mario World many times, I braved the ... [Continue Reading]

28/03/2013 // 4 Comments

Article: Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema

In his article Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema, historian Mark A. Hall looks at how archaeology and archaeologists are depicted in popular cinema and considers how the recurring themes of cultural appropriation, cultural imperialism, and emphasis on “treasured objects” create a somewhat skewed and negative view of the profession. Among the films examined are the original Indiana Jones trilogy, the Mummy film ... [Continue Reading]

16/03/2013 // 4 Comments

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