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 …

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Rooftop of Barkhang Monastery

Arte-Factual: Buddhist Symbols of Barkhang Monastery (Part 2)

Time for another edition of Arte-Factual! This time around, we’ll be returning to Barkhang Monastery to look at some of the other Buddhist symbols that can be found throughout the fictional monastery. The Wheel, or “Dharmachakra”: The Buddhist wheel, or dharmachakra, is one of the oldest and most recognisable motifs in …

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Lara joins the search for Queen Himiko in Tomb Raider 2013

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. In reality, Japanese archaeologists have known the possible location of Himiko’s tomb for a few years now. A group of researchers were allowed …

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