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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 shortage of pranksters within the scientific community. Here are my 5 favourite archaeological pranks and hoaxes in no ... [Continue Reading]

April 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

Guest Blog: 6 Amazing Archaeological Sites That Lara Croft Hasn’t Visited (But Really Should)

Guest Blog by Lisa-Marie Shillito (@ArchaeologyLisa) 1) Pavlopetri – The City Beneath the Waves In the original Tomb Raider Lara finds herself in the fabled lost city of Atlantis, known only through the written accounts of Plato around 360 BC, where it is said to have vanished beneath the waves some 9000 years earlier. This would make Atlantis around 11,000 years old, pushing its occupation right back to the beginning of the Holocene, or the end of the last Ice Age. In archaeological ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Best of the Rest

Ready for yet another list of the scariest Tomb Raider enemies of all time? The other two lists, The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Core Design Years and The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years, turned out to be spectacularly popular with fans and were even featured on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page as part of their Halloween festivities. Needless to say, the blog stats shot through the roof that day. 🙂 When I created the Core Design list, I felt like ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at 10 of the scariest enemies from the Core Design Tomb Raider games. With Halloween only a week away, let’s continue our scare-fest and look at the 10 scariest enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games! So, here are the 10 scariest Tomb Raider enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games in no particular order!   *** Note: You’ll need to click on the images to read the captions I hope the sight of these creepy critters hasn’t scared you away. Have a ... [Continue Reading]

October 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Maya Glyphs

Do you have a passion for Maya archaeology and fancy learning how to read Maya glyphs? While there are a number of books you can buy, such as Michael D.Coe and Mark Van Stone’s Reading the Maya Glyphs (buy this on Amazon/Amazon UK), you might also want to check out these 5 fantastic and completely free online resources, especially if you’re on a tight budget. 1) Writing in Maya Glyphs: A Non-Technical Introduction to Maya Glyphs – This two-part booklet by Mark Pitts is ... [Continue Reading]

October 13, 2013 // 11 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Core Design Years

Halloween will soon be upon us so I thought we’d start getting in the spirit of things and take a look at ten of the scariest enemies Lara has come across in the Core Design games. That is, from the very first Tomb Raider (1996) all the way through to (and including) the 2003 game Angel of Darkness. The low-tech graphics of the 1990s and early 2000s only adds to their fear factor, in my personal opinion… So, here are the 10 scariest Tomb Raider enemies from the Core Design ... [Continue Reading]

October 9, 2013 // 20 Comments

7 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following

Are you interested in Ancient Egyptian history and art and looking for some quality blogs to read? Then look no further. Here are seven Egyptology blogs that get the Tomb Raider Horizons stamp of approval! Note: There is an updated list of Egyptology blogs in the article “8 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following” (published in March 2018). ********* 1) The Egyptiana Emporium – This blog is run by Gemma, an Egyptology graduate, and was one of the most popular blogs at the ... [Continue Reading]

September 15, 2013 // 17 Comments

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 in her quest. Women have been blazing trails through foreign lands and archaeology long before she was a twinkle in Toby ... [Continue Reading]

August 28, 2013 // 17 Comments

10 Things I’d Like to See in the ‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel

It’s been a couple of weeks since Square Enix confirmed that a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider reboot was in the works. Many other bloggers have already put forward their wish lists for the upcoming game but I thought I’d add my two cents. Update: There have been a few announcements about the upcoming sequel, The Rise of the Tomb Raider, since I wrote this article. Click here to read more about this highly-anticipated game! Here are 10 things I’d like to see in the ... [Continue Reading]

August 20, 2013 // 31 Comments