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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]

27/01/2021 // 4 Comments

The First Lady of Chinese Archaeology

Trowelblazers recently published an article I wrote for them on the career of the Chinese archaeologist Zheng Zhenxiang and her discovery of the tomb of the Shang Dynasty female general and priestess Lady Fu Hao. Although this isn’t strictly Tomb Raider-related, I know that a lot of you are interested in archaeology and female archaeologists so here’s a short excerpt of my article for you to enjoy: Zheng Zhenxiang (born in 1929) was ... [Continue Reading]

06/11/2020 // 7 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 ... [Continue Reading]

28/08/2020 // 13 Comments

The Hunt for Himiko: Will Archaeologists Ever Excavate the Hashihaka Tomb?

In Tomb Raider 2013, Lara and the rest of the Endurance crew set out to look for the lost kingdom of Yamatai and its mysterious queen, Himiko, but, in reality, Japanese archaeologists have known the possible location of Himiko’s tomb for a few years now. Long-time readers of this blog may recall that a group of researchers were allowed access to the Hashihaka kofun burial mound earlier this year in the hope that they’d be able to ... [Continue Reading]

30/07/2020 // 11 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 Day of Archaeology: Thoughts of an Aspiring Archaeologist

Today’s the Day of Archaeology and, despite my busy schedule, I couldn’t help getting involved in this exciting community blogging event. Here’s the short piece I wrote for this year’s event: “I often feel like I missed my true calling as an archaeologist. Despite being attracted to archaeology and ancient civilizations from an early age, I was dissuaded from a career in archaeology by teachers who warned me that ... [Continue Reading]

26/07/2020 // 7 Comments

Unearthed: 21st July 2013

Blogs & Articles: A New Tomb Raider Comic Shows What’s Next for Lara Croft After Hit Game (Kotaku) Good news, reboot fans! Dark Horse Comics will be publishing a series of comics that will pick up where Tomb Raider 2013 ended and will lead directly into the sequel. Where will Lara go next, I wonder..? Creating Your Own Lara Croft TOMB RAIDER ‘Survivor’ Costume (Stella’s Tomb Raider Blog) Guest blogger Amanda ... [Continue Reading]

21/07/2020 // 0 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: 11th July 2013

Top 10 Kickass Women in Video Games (Mookychick) Kay Dee lists her top 10 bright, dynamic, strong, fearless, kick-ass women in video games. It should come as no surprise as to who is number 1 on that list. ;) Silver Screen Queens Podcast: Lara Croft Tomb Raider Series (Silver Screen Queens) The Silver Screen Queens Katie and Mel talk about the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film series and the films’ leading lady, Angelina Jolie. Fragment of ... [Continue Reading]

11/07/2020 // 0 Comments

Tomb Raider Inspirations: Guest Blogging Opportunities

Did the Tomb Raider games inspire you to study archaeology at university? Or become a fan fiction writer? Or take up cosplaying as a hobby? Or pursue a career in the video game industry? If so, you may be pleased to know that The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is currently inviting guest blogs from anyone whose personal and/or professional life has been shaped by the Tomb Raider game series. For more information on how you can take part in my new ... [Continue Reading]

06/07/2020 // 8 Comments

Unearthed: 3rd July 2013

First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru (National Geographic) After months of secrecy in order to protect the site from looters, archaeologists have revealed that they have discovered and excavated the first undisturbed Wari royal tomb in northern Peru. Developers destroy ancient Peru pyramid (BBC News) In another part of Peru, archaeologists are condemning the reckless destruction of an ancient pyramid by real estate developers. ... [Continue Reading]

04/07/2020 // 0 Comments

Article: TrowelBlazers: In Search of the Female Indiana Jones

Dr. Victoria Herridge, one of the co-founders of the amazing TrowelBlazers Tumblr blog, wrote an article for CNN’s Leading Women feature in which she talked about the blog and its mission to celebrate the lives and careers of the remarkable (and often overlooked) women who have made valuable contributions to the fields of palaeontology, geology, and archaeology over the past couple of centuries. I was bombarded with more examples of ... [Continue Reading]

22/06/2020 // 9 Comments

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