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‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ DLC Pack 1: The Forge

During his interview with Inside Xbox in September 2018, Crystal Dynamics’ Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs talked about Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s monthly DLC packs, which will kick off with the first DLC adventure, titled “The Forge”. “We want to make sure that we continue to tell stories in Lara’s world. And so we have seven different DLC packs – one will drop every single month – and each one of them will give Lara a new skill, a new weapon, ... [Continue Reading]

October 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Colouring Book Coming in January 2019

Swap your game controller for a pack of coloured pencils and get ready to unleash your inner artist because Dark Horse Comics is publishing a Tomb Raider colouring book in January! The book, which has been created in conjunction with Square Enix, will celebrate some of Lara Croft’s greatest adventures and will feature 45 highly-detailed, black-and-white images. Fans of the Tomb Raider comics will be happy to hear that veteran comic artists Randy Green and Phillip Sevy are among those who ... [Continue Reading]

September 25, 2018 // 1 Comment

Taste Raider: Ch’arki and Chuños (Part 1)

Whenever we think of culture or cultural identity, we may be tempted to think of arts and crafts, mythology, literature, clothing, rituals. But food and culinary traditions are also forms of cultural expression and can give us a deeper insight into that culture’s history, development, and values. Tomb Raider Horizons’ new food-centric feature, Taste Raider, will explore some of the dishes and food traditions seen in the Tomb Raider games and spin-off media. In the 2018 game Shadow ... [Continue Reading]

September 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

A New Adventure on the Horizon

A couple of months ago, I made the decision to stop updating The Archaeology of Tomb Raider due to fandom fatigue, a hectic work schedule, and a general lack of enthusiasm for blogging. I’m a firm believer in taking breaks from fandom when it gets too overwhelming and I found this latest break not only reignited my passion for writing about Tomb Raider, it also allowed me to go into Shadow of the Tomb Raider relatively fresh. As you’ve probably noticed by now, the site’s had a ... [Continue Reading]

September 15, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider – The End of an Adventure?

If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’ll probably know that I’ve taken several breaks from running The Archaeology of Tomb Raider in recent years, mostly due to personal and/or health reasons. These breaks gave me time to reassess my priorities and would often reignite my love for Tomb Raider and its fan community. It was always a pleasure to reconnect and catch up with long-time Twitter friends and dive back into discussing the games, Lara Croft, and archaeology. But, ... [Continue Reading]

July 28, 2018 // 1 Comment

10 Steps to a More Positive ‘Tomb Raider’ Fandom

There’s been a lot of talk about “toxicity” in fandom in recent years. Social media and other online platforms have brought fans closer together, allowing them to share their love for Tomb Raider with other like-minded individuals across the world or chat with their favourite game developers and writers. But, now and again, things go awry. One poorly-phrased comment from a game developer, an incendiary remark about someone’s cosplay photos, or a heated discussion about ... [Continue Reading]

June 7, 2018 // 1 Comment

Meet the Team Behind ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

The countdown to E3 2018 has officially begun and we are now just mere weeks away from getting our first proper look at gameplay from the highly-anticipated sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. And thanks to co-developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, fans can count down the days by watching a new video series that will take them behind the scenes and introduce them to some of the talented developers, artists, and writers working on Lara Croft’s latest adventure. From May 21, fans ... [Continue Reading]

May 22, 2018 // 3 Comments

Mayanist of the Month – May 2018 – Tatiana Proskouriakoff

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will be putting her knowledge of Maya mythology and archaeology to the test as she races against time to save the world from impending doom. To celebrate the game’s upcoming release, I will be paying tribute to some of the greatest female Mayanists in a new monthly series of articles, simply titled “Mayanist of the Month”. The study of Mesoamerica’s Maya civilisation has attracted scholars from a variety of social and academic ... [Continue Reading]

May 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Cosplayers Guide

Ever since the “End of the Beginning” trailer made its public debut on April 27, cosplayers around the world have been begging for reference pictures of Lara Croft’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider outfit. And with E3 and Gamescom just around the corner, co-developer Crystal Dynamics decided to lend cosplayers a helping hand by publishing a comprehensive guide to Lara’s brand new outfit and equipment. Crystal Dynamics published a whole series of gear guides for Rise of the ... [Continue Reading]

May 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lara Croft Will Return to Peru in ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

During the Tribeca Film Festival’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider panel, Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs talked about Lara Croft’s character arc, explained why the creative team had decided to put her in a jungle environment, and casually mentioned that she would be travelling to Peru in her latest adventure. Fans who have been following the news coming out of Tribeca or reading reviews of the extended demo will already know that part of the game will be set in Mexico, most notably on ... [Continue Reading]

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Events Calendar

Wondering when we will get our first glimpse of Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay? Curious to know what games conventions and festivals will be hosting events in honour of the upcoming game? Desperate to know when the first batch of season pass DLC will go live? Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics have published an events calendar on the official Tomb Raider site to give fans an idea of what they can expect over the next twelve months. April 2018 The reveal of Shadow of Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 5 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Which Edition Should You Buy?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One as from September 14 but you may be wondering, “Which edition should I buy?” and “Should I pre-order the game?”. Knowing which edition to splash your hard-earned cash on can be a challenge, especially when there are several different editions to choose from, so here’s a handy guide to help you decide. Which Edition Should I Buy? There are currently four editions available for pre-order: ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 2 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Concept Art and Screenshots (April 2018)

Shortly after the release of the “End of the Beginning” reveal trailer on April 27, Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics released a number of brand new screenshots and concept art for Lara Croft’s upcoming adventure, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Here is an overview of the official screenshots and concept art released in April 2018. Screenshots Lara Croft takes in the sights and sounds of Mexico in her latest video game outing, exploring Maya ruins, gate-crashing ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 4 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – ‘End of the Beginning’ Trailer

On April 27, Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics gave Tomb Raider fans their first proper look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third (and final) part of Lara Croft’s rebooted origin story. The new CGI trailer, aptly named  “End of the Beginning”, gave fans a glimpse of what’s to come in Lara’s latest adventure: crumbling Maya ruins, mist-filled tropical jungles, deadly traps, treacherous terrains, ritual human sacrifices, an impending apocalypse, ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 7 Comments

5 More TED Talks on Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

The Tomb Raider games may have whet your appetite for all things ancient but if you really want to indulge your inner archaeologist, put down your game controller and find out what the real experts have to say about this exciting field of study. From the digital preservation of vulnerable heritage sites to the discovery of ancient sites through satellite imagery, these five TED talks offer unique insights into how 21st century archaeology and heritage preservation are being conducted. 1) ... [Continue Reading]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Site Teases Fans With Audio Clues About Lara Croft’s Next Adventure

Fans who visited the official Tomb Raider site throughout March and April will no doubt have tried their hand at solving the Maya-themed puzzles being used to promote Shadow of the Tomb Raider. And to reward their efforts, Square Enix was kind enough to share some tiny clues about Lara Croft’s upcoming adventure. One of these clues was this piece of promotional artwork, which depicts a Pre-Columbian (most likely Maya) site hidden away in a tropical rainforest. The audio clips released as ... [Continue Reading]

April 14, 2018 // 3 Comments

Maya Numerals for Beginners

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming our way later this year and while we don’t know much about the upcoming game at the time of writing, it’s no secret that the game will be touching on Maya civilisation and mythology. The first piece of official artwork features a Maya temple towering over dense jungle foliage and the official site used a series of Maya-themed puzzles throughout March and April to promote Lara’s next adventure. In a couple of these puzzles, numerical values ... [Continue Reading]

April 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

Square Enix Releases First ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Promo Artwork

The long-awaited follow-up to Rise of the Tomb Raider will finally be hitting PS4, Xbox One, and PC this September and Square Enix has kicked off the countdown to the game’s full reveal, which is scheduled for April 27. On March 19, the official Tomb Raider site got the ball rolling by launching a weekly series of puzzles, dubbed “Path of the Stars”, and then on March 30, the company treated fans to a sneak peek at Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider by releasing the first ... [Continue Reading]

April 3, 2018 // 3 Comments

Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Site Launches Maya-Themed Puzzle

Want the chance to win some cool prizes and unlock clues about Lara Croft’s next adventure? Then head on over to the official Tomb Raider site and see if you can use your wits and powers of observation to solve its new Maya-themed, multi-level puzzle, ‘Path of the Stars’. The first level went live on Monday 19 March 2018 and posed a simple challenge: to click and drag three rings of Maya glyphs in order to align three matching glyphs. If you’re having trouble solving the ... [Continue Reading]

March 20, 2018 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft Will Cast Her ‘Shadow’ This September

It’s been 84 years since we’ve had any real news about a new Tomb Raider game but the long wait is finally over! Square Enix has announced that the next (and final) chapter of Lara Croft’s origin story, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, will be out this September and, as promised, the countdown to its release has begun with “a major event in 2018”, namely the global release of the Tomb Raider film. Over the next few months, fans can expect a steady stream of screenshots, ... [Continue Reading]

March 15, 2018 // 4 Comments

8 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following

If you’re looking for some quality blogs on Ancient Egyptian history, language, or art, then look no further. All of the blogs listed below have been handpicked for their educational value, originality, and accessibility to the general public. Please note that this is an updated (and slightly expanded) version of the list I published back in September 2013. Blogs come and go. Some have vanished off the face of the Earth since the original list was published and new ones have risen up in ... [Continue Reading]

March 6, 2018 // 5 Comments

Dark Horse Announces New Series, ‘Tomb Raider: Inferno’

The current run of Tomb Raider comics, Survivor’s Crusade, is drawing to a close on April 4 but Dark Horse has announced that Lara Croft will be back for yet another adventure and, this time, she may have met her match. The new four-part mini-series, Tomb Raider: Inferno, will be written by Jackson Lanzig and Collin Kelly, the duo responsible for Survivor’s Crusade, and sees Lara take on Trinity once more. But, this time, the sinister organization has a trick up its sleeves: a new ... [Continue Reading]

February 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Legend Gets the Barbie Doll Treatment

Looking for a new Lara Croft figure to add to your Tomb Raider shrine? Well, you’re in luck as Mattel have given the legendary tomb raider the Barbie doll treatment and you’ll be able to get yours as from February 19! Based on Alicia Vikander’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, this fully-articulated doll dons a similar outfit to that worn by Vikander and comes with a range of accessories inspired by the film: a map of Yamatai, a journal marked with the initials R.C. ... [Continue Reading]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Funko Unveils Reboot Lara Croft Pop! Figure at Toy Fair 2018

The Toy Fair is in town – New York City to be precise – and pop culture giant Funko took the opportunity to announce that Reboot Lara Croft has gotten her very own Funko Pop! vinyl figure. Equipped with her bow, red climbing axe, radio, and pistol and sporting her trademark green pendant, this new Lara Croft Pop! figure pays homage to the 2013 reboot game and the upcoming 2018 film starring Alicia Vikander. Unlike her Classic Lara counterpart, this Lara is looking a little worse for ... [Continue Reading]

February 16, 2018 // 2 Comments

Get Fighting Fit With Alicia Vikander’s Personal Trainer

If you weren’t able to attend Croft Camp, the special one-day fitness training session held in Los Angeles to celebrate the upcoming release of Tomb Raider (2018), fear not. Alicia Vikander’s personal trainer, Magnus Lygdback, has put together a series of easy-to-follow fitness videos to help fans get in shape and follow in the actress’ footsteps. Lygdback has worked with other Hollywood actors in recent years, including James McAvoy, Gal Gadot, and Alexander Skarsgard, and ... [Continue Reading]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments