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Mos Espa, Tatooine (Image credit: StarWars.Com)

‘Star Wars’ Locations That Would Be Great for a ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

Star Wars season is upon us once more as the highly-anticipated anthology film Rogue One is set to hit cinema screens this December! And since I’m as big a Star Wars fangirl as I am a Tomb Raider one, I thought I’d try to find a way to celebrate two of my favourite franchises, albeit with an archaeological twist. The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re well-known attractions such as the pyramids at Giza or Angkor Wat or the less commonly known ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin

Lara’s Travels: Trinity College Library, Dublin

Since this site was launched in March 2013, my Lara’s Travels feature has explored some of the cities and ancient sites seen in the Tomb Raider games, such as Prague’s Strahov District (Angel of Darkness), Zapadnaya Litsa in western Russia (Chronicles), and the tomb KV5 in Egypt (Last Revelation). And although the locations featured in the games and films are the ones that often stand out in most people’s memories, it would be remiss of me to say that the comics were lacking in memorable venues. Take, for example, the old Trinity College Library in Dublin, which made ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 // 6 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Strahov District, Prague

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Tomb Raider series is the inclusion of real-life artefacts and locations in the games, even if the level designers and artists employed a heavy dose of artistic license in their efforts. During a family trip to Prague this Easter, I made a point of exploring the city’s Strahov district with my husband in tow (my mum declined the invitation in favour of some retail therapy) and we soon discovered that, shock horror, the real Strahov had little in common with its fictional counterpart in Angel of Darkness. For those who haven’t ... [Continue Reading]

May 12, 2015 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Dragon’s Triangle

Fans of Tomb Raider 2013 will recall that Lara and the Endurance crew venture into the region known as the Dragon’s Triangle in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Throughout the course of the game, players became well-acquainted with this fictional island, its inhabitants, and the supernatural conditions that prevented people from leaving its shores. But what do we know about the Triangle itself? The Dragon’s Triangle, also referred to as the Devil’s Sea (Ma no Umi, 魔の海, in Japanese) or Formosa Triangle, is a region of the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of ... [Continue Reading]

November 29, 2014 // 5 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much real and may have been home to some of the first humans to settle in North America during the last Ice Age. And while there may not be rivers of ... [Continue Reading]

July 27, 2014 // 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 globetrotting adventures have inspired many to follow in her footsteps and see these famous landmarks for themselves. And here are 5 fans who have ... [Continue Reading]

July 17, 2014 // 15 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Cistern

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited dozens of archaeologically fascinating places but not all of them have been particularly glamorous. One such place that instantly springs to mind is the Cistern in Tomb Raider 1. When I first started playing Tomb Raider back in 1996, I bought myself a copy of the Prima official strategy guide to help me get through the game (Stella’s Walkthroughs wasn’t around back then) and while flicking through the pages, I noticed that one of the levels set in Greece was called “The Cistern”. Rather stupidly, I assumed it would have ... [Continue Reading]

June 17, 2014 // 3 Comments

Photo Gallery: The Colosseum, Rome

Last year, I visited Rome and spent a few days following in Lara’s footsteps, exploring some of the “Eternal City’s” ancient wonders and archaeological ruins. Readers may recall I posted a gallery of photos of Trajan’s Market, one of the places Ms Croft vists in Tomb Raider Chronicles. This time, I thought I’d share some photos I took at one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colosseum. The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was completed in 80 AD and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The amphitheatre ... [Continue Reading]

March 16, 2014 // 8 Comments

Arte-Factual: The Mouth of Truth (Tomb Raider Chronicles)

Tomb Raider Chronicles was possibly my least favourite game of the Tomb Raider series. Sure, it had fewer glitches and better controls than its ill-received successor Angel of Darkness but it offered nothing new in terms of gameplay aside from a couple of new moves and its short, episodic nature made it feel more like an expansion pack than a standalone game. Having said that, Chronicles did have one major redeeming factor: the fact that three of its levels were set in Rome. Rome is one of my favourite cities and I had the opportunity to re-visit some of its many monuments and ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Photo Gallery: Trajan’s Market, Rome

Some of you may recall that I visited Rome, “The Eternal City”, in mid November. I’ve finally gotten round to sorting out my holiday photos so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took at Trajan’s Market. Tomb Raider fans will probably recognize the name as it was one of the places Lara Croft visits in the 2000 game Tomb Raider Chronicles. I plan to write about Trajan’s Market at greater length in an upcoming edition of Lara’s Travels so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos. As you can probably tell, the real ... [Continue Reading]

December 8, 2013 // 6 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her Peruvian guide making their way across a snowy plateau high up in the Andes. Although the poor ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments

The Versatile Blogger Award (Part 2)

I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Actually, I’ve been nominated before but who doesn’t enjoy having their ego massaged once in a while? 😉 First of all, I’d like to thank the bloggers who nominated me for this award: Kevin Kutlesa, PP1MT of The Pew Pew Diaries, John Heatz, and the awesome folks over at 1001-Up.Com. Be sure to check out their blogs and if I’ve missed anyone (the pingback function doesn’t always work properly), let me know! Now that that’s out of the way, onto the nominations! Here are my 15 nominees in no ... [Continue Reading]

November 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

10 Biographies of Early Female Archaeologists & Explorers

I’ve always thought of Lara Croft as a modern-day “romantic explorer”, albeit one who’s armed to the teeth and equipped with all the latest high-tech gadgetry. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure drives her to explore ancient ruins and remote lands in search of priceless artefacts and long-lost civilizations. But she is not alone in her quest. Women have been blazing trails through foreign lands and archaeology long before she was a twinkle in Toby Gard’s eye. Some of these early pioneers were featured in Amanda Adams’ book, Ladies of the ... [Continue Reading]

August 28, 2013 // 17 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Jan Mayen Island

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, we looked at the real and in-game Tomb of Semerkhet in Egypt. This time, we will be leaving the scorching deserts of Egypt behind us and will be turning our attention to a remote, volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean: Jan Mayen. Lara travels to Jan Mayen in Tomb Raider: Underworld in search of Valhalla and Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjölnir, in order to put an end to Natla’s plans to bring about the “Seventh Age” (thought to be the Ragnarök of Norse myth). The game depicts the island as a windswept, icy wilderness and, in ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2013 // 7 Comments