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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

A Pilgrimage to Himiko’s Tomb

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yamatai or take a leisurely stroll around Himiko’s tomb. But one hot (and thankfully not too humid) day in September, my husband and I got the chance to do just that when we took some time off from our regular sightseeing and boarded a train bound for Nara, a former capital city not far from Osaka that’s renowned for its ancient temples, giant Buddha statue, and free-roaming deer. Once there, we transferred onto a smaller ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organizations, video games are responsible for many of modern-day’s social ills. They glorify violence, promote sexism, and can turn us into dangerous loners who can go off on a murderous rampage at the drop of a hat. Not only are these absurd claims completely unfounded, they do a real disservice to the gaming industry as a whole. Like the film and television industries, games can be whatever their developers want them to be. ... [Continue Reading]

September 28, 2014 // 7 Comments

5 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, you should put down your game controller and find out what the experts have to say about this exciting field of study. From the use of 3D laser scanning in site preservation to the ongoing search for the origins of our species, these five TED talks offer unique insights into how 21st century archaeology and anthropology are conducted.** 1) Sarah Parcak: ... [Continue Reading]

April 15, 2014 // 4 Comments

Ill-Gotten Goods: Plundered Artefacts & the Illicit Antiquities Trade

If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider video game series or love the Indiana Jones films, you could be forgiven for thinking that archaeologists spend their lives searching for mystical lost artefacts or exploring strange lands. After all, when was the last time you saw Lara Croft taking soil samples during a field survey or Indiana Jones applying for excavation permits? Unfortunately, antiquities are big business and real-life tomb raiders help fuel the global trade in illicit ... [Continue Reading]

November 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Would You Visit a Fake Tomb?

Egyptian authorities recently announced that a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb will be erected near the Luxor home of Howard Carter, where it will stay until the completion of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza in 2015. Although the real tomb (KV62) will remain open to the public for the time being, the officials hope that the replica will divert tourists away from the original and allow conservators to conduct much-needed repairs to the tomb’s crumbling walls. Work on the replica tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

World Heritage Day

18th April is World Heritage Day or, as it’s officially known, the International Day for Monuments and Sites. To celebrate it, I’ve compiled a list of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites that Lara Croft has visited during her travels. I had originally planned to write a paragraph or two about each of these places but, due to time constraints, I’ve inserted links to their official UNESCO pages instead. Here are some of the awe-inspiring World Heritage sites that Lara has ... [Continue Reading]

April 18, 2013 // 2 Comments