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Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous instalments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully re-imagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

Book Review: Samantha Sutton and the Temple of Traitors

Last November, archaeologist and author Jordan Jacobs approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the first two novels in his Samantha Sutton archaeology adventure series and very kindly sent me review copies shortly after our initial chat. While I don’t really fall under the series’ target demographic, I quickly became engrossed in its first two volumes, which, thankfully, managed to avoid most (if not all) of the classic “adventurer archaeologist” ... [Continue Reading]

August 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

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 efforts of professional archaeologists and ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Photo Gallery: Jean Michel Thery’s Angkor Temple Model

In December, I posted a gallery of photos of Jean Michel Thery’s Tomb Raider-inspired models to help showcase his talent and share his work with other Tomb Raider fans. This time around, he’s kindly allowed me to share photos of another of his creations, a model of an Angkor temple. This model was inspired by Angkor Wat and the other Angkorian temples seen in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Jean Michel’s attention to detail is ... [Continue Reading]

February 1, 2014 // 5 Comments

Guest Blog: Tomb Raider and the Temples of Angkor

Guest blogger Anya Martin has just returned from a trip to Cambodia, where she explored the magnificent and now world-famous Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap. In this guest article, Anya not only shares what she’s learnt about the site’s construction and history but also discusses the impact the 2001 Tomb Raider film has had on the local economy. ********* In the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara pays a visit to a hidden tomb in Cambodia, where she finds the first half ... [Continue Reading]

September 21, 2013 // 12 Comments