Burial doll replica from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Arte-Factual: Burial Doll Replica

In the previous edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at Mexican sugar skulls, a folk art tradition that combines Christian religious practices with ancient Mesoamerican beliefs. This time around, I thought I’d turn my attention to the burial doll replica Lara Croft comes across in the remote town of Kuwaq Yaku …

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Nuna from Never Alone

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organisations, 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 …

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Lara Croft in southern Mexico

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 …

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