Archive for March 2013

Archaeology News – 25th to 31st March 2013

Africa : Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy (USA Today) Key finds at Egypt’s Heraklion (Greek Reporter) Newly found pyramids reveal aspects of social equality in ancient Sudan (Middle East Online) Asia : Discovery of Yongle tongbao suggests Zheng He made it to Africa ahead of the Europeans (The Australian) Excavation of Thai king’s … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

Lara’s Travels: Maya Ruins of Southern Mexico (Part 1)

If you enjoyed exploring the Maya ruins of southern Mexico in Tomb Raider: Underworld, you might be interested to know that you can explore real Maya ruins from the comfort of your home by taking one of the virtual tours mentioned below. Whilst they are no substitute for the real thing, they’re a fantastic way … Continue reading »

Via Memoriae Classicae III - Tomb Raider

Reblogged from 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 twisted forests of … Continue reading »

Archaeology News - 18th to 24th March 2013

Encroachment Continues on Egypt’s Archaeological Sites, Al-Bordan (Ahram Online) Egyptian archaeologists and the local antiquities police have succeeded in halting illegal construction works at the Al-Bordan archaeological site, which is located on the Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh highway. They are now pressing charges against a contractor company which is believed to be responsible for the damage caused … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

The Snow Leopard Trust Needs Your Vote!

UPDATE: The Snow Leopard Trust won the grant! A massive thanks to those of you who voted for the Trust. The snow leopards of India now have a fighting chance of survival thanks to you and the efforts of the Trust and its local partners. If you wish, you can continue to support the Snow … Continue reading »

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham and Modern-Day Explorers

On 24th July 1911, the Yale archaeologist and intrepid explorer Hiram Bingham III caught his first glimpse of the remote Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during an expedition to find the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the beleaguered Inca Empire. Although it’s now thought that the site had been visited (and plundered) … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

Which Tomb Raider Location Would You Love to Explore in Real Life?

If you had the money and means to explore any of the locations featured in the Tomb Raider game or film series, where would you go? Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a message below! Update: Popular answers included Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm in Cambodia, Peru, the Great Wall of China, India, … Continue reading »

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is on Facebook and Twitter

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider now has its own Facebook page and Twitter account! Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/archaeologyoftombraider Twitter - @TRArchaeology Feel free to “like” the page and/or follow me on Twitter to find out when new blog posts have been published and stay up to date with all the latest archaeology news. Alternatively, you can follow … Continue reading »

10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Have you ever had the urge to follow in Lara’s footsteps and learn to read Egyptian hieroglyphs? If so, you may be interested to know that there are a number of useful, free online resources at your disposal. These, if used in combination with a good textbook such as James P. Allen’s Middle Egyptian: An … Continue reading »

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai-koku (邪馬台国), play a central role in the new Tomb Raider game. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the final resting place of this mysterious queen? The … Continue reading »


Welcome to The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, a blog which will offer news and information about some of the archaeological sites, artefacts, and ancient cultures featured in the Tomb Raider video game series and films. I’ve been meaning to start a Tomb Raider-related blog for several years and now that there’s a new game out in the shops, … Continue reading »

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