Lara Croft’s Jurassic World – Five Memorable Dinosaur Encounters

Repeat after me: Archaeologists do not dig dinosaurs. There’s such a wide misconception that archaeologists dig up fossils and dinosaur bones for a living that some musically-minded archaeologists have taken to YouTube to remind the public, in no uncertain terms, that they “don’t do dinosaurs” and that “digging up dinos is …

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Lara Croft wielding Mjolnir

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 …

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Trajan's Market, Rome

5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

Long-time visitors to this site will probably be familiar with my Lara’s Travels series, which examines the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex that inspired St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an …

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The 5 Best Archaeological Pranks and Hoaxes

Over the years, April Fool’s pranks have become a fun way for journalists and archaeologists to keep their readers on their toes on April 1st. Whether they publish fictitious articles that claim Noah’s Ark or the Holy Grail have finally been found or perpetrate elaborate hoaxes that fool even the savviest of anthropologists, there’s certainly no …

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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. …

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