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The 5 Best Archaeological Pranks and Hoaxes

Over the years, April Fool’s pranks have become a fun way for journalists and archaeologists to keep their readers on their toes on April 1st. Whether they publish fictitious articles that claim Noah’s Ark or the Holy Grail have finally been found or perpetrate elaborate hoaxes that fool even the savviest of anthropologists, there’s certainly no shortage of pranksters within the scientific community. Here are my 5 favourite archaeological pranks and hoaxes in no ... [Continue Reading]

April 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

Arte-Factual: Ban Chiang Pottery (Tomb Raider 2013)

The last two editions of Arte-Factual dealt with the art and archaeology of the very first Tomb Raider game. In this latest edition, I’ll be writing about one of the many collectable relics Lara comes across in the 2013 reboot: a Ban Chiang vase. We don’t really know how this ancient vase ended up on the island but Lara correctly identifies it as being from Thailand. Perhaps she had seen a similar vase in a museum or had visited the Ban Chiang archaeological site in ... [Continue Reading]

April 15, 2013 // 8 Comments

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) by others before him, Bingham is credited with bringing Machu Picchu to the world’s attention. Over the years that followed, however, thousands of artefacts ... [Continue Reading]

March 17, 2013 // 8 Comments

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in Tomb Raider 2013. 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 actual final resting place of this mysterious queen? The location of Yamatai-koku is a subject of intense debate within Japanese archaeological circles. Some believe that it was located as far south as Okinawa ... [Continue Reading]

March 11, 2013 // 7 Comments