One of the many ancient murals that Lara comes across on her adventure.

The Ancient Dialects of Shadow of the Tomb Raider

One of the fun things about Shadow of the Tomb Raider is its language proficiency gameplay mechanic. Lara Croft can boost her proficiency in ancient dialects by examining documents, relics, and murals in those languages. Once she’s attained a certain level of fluency, she can decipher the inscriptions found on monoliths in and around Paititi …

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Tomb Raider Research Papers & Articles for the Academic Gamer

Are you a student or researcher looking for research papers and articles on Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, or archaeogaming? Then you’re in luck. Here you will find an archive of articles and theses that analyse the franchise and its heroine from an academic point of view. Please note that not all of these papers are …

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In Our Time: A Podcast Series on the History of Ideas

If you’re looking for a podcast series that explores a wide range of topics in an intellectual, yet informal manner, then BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed series In Our Time will be right up your alley. Launched in October 1998, this popular radio discussion series presented by Melvyn Bragg attracts over two million listeners each week …

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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 …

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5 Fantastic Online Resources on Norse Mythology

Valhalla, Mjölnir, Asgard, Thor, Helheim… All of these names will be familiar to those who have played Tomb Raider: Underworld or are fans of Marvel Comics’ long-running Thor comic-book series. But if you’re longing to learn more about the Norse myths and legends that helped inspire the narrative of Underworld, check out the five fantastic websites and online databases listed below! 1) Wikipedia’s Norse Mythology …

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10 Biographies of Early Female Archaeologists & Explorers

I’ve always thought of Lara Croft as a modern-day “romantic explorer”, albeit one who’s armed to the teeth and equipped with all the latest high-tech gadgetry. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure drives her to explore ancient ruins and remote lands in search of priceless artefacts and long-lost civilizations. But she is not alone …

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The University of Manchester’s Short Courses in Egyptology

Do you want to study Egyptology but are unable to commit to a degree programme? Or do you want to focus on just one specific aspect of Ancient Egyptian history or culture? If so, you may be interested in the University of Manchester’s short courses in Egyptology. These non-credit bearing courses are 10 weeks long …

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Chinese Civilization TV Series

Chinese archaeology isn’t just Great Walls, dragon emperors, and fictional Daggers of Xi’an. If you’d like to learn more about real Chinese history and archaeology, you should check out China Central Television’s 20-part documentary series, “Chinese Civilization“. This series can be found in its entirety on its official CCTV page and on YouTube, and it covers a period of over …

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