TED Talks about archaeology and cultural heritage

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 …

5 More TED Talks on Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Continue Reading
Mos Espa, Tatooine (Image credit: StarWars.Com)

Star Wars Locations That Would Be Great Settings for a Tomb Raider Game

The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re well-known attractions such as the pyramids at Giza or Angkor Wat or the less commonly known Trajan’s Market and Jan Mayen island. And as one of the most successful and longest-running film …

Star Wars Locations That Would Be Great Settings for a Tomb Raider Game Continue Reading
Concept art by Joel Boucquemont (Image credit: Crystal Dynamics)

Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali

In the 2006 game Tomb Raider: Legend, Lara Croft travels across the globe in search of pieces of the mythical Excalibur, visiting such places as a military base in Kazakhstan, the ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, an ancient temple in the Ghanaian rainforest, and an abandoned monastery in Nepal. But did you know that the …

Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali Continue Reading
The Peruvian Andes in Tomb Raider 1

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham and Modern-Day Explorers

On 24th July 1911, the Yale archaeologist and intrepid explorer Hiram Bingham III caught his first glimpse of the remote Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during an expedition to find the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the beleaguered Inca Empire. Although it’s now thought that the site had been visited – and …

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham and Modern-Day Explorers Continue Reading
Lara joins the search for Queen Himiko in Tomb Raider 2013

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in the popular video game Tomb Raider 2013. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the actual final resting place …

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb? Continue Reading