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Tomb Raider Christmas Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is almost upon us once more and that means it’s time to raid your wallets and search for the ideal gift for the Tomb Raider fan in your life. From novels to action figures, from artbooks to cute little stocking fillers, you’ll find something here to suit any taste or budget. Here are Tomb Raider Horizons’ gift recommendations for Christmas 2018! Games Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) – The final installment in the reboot trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Arte-Factual: Jade Burial Mask (Shadow of the Tomb Raider)

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the ever-intrepid Lara Croft finds herself doing a spot of treasure-hunting while in Paititi, a hidden city deep in the Peruvian jungles and home to an isolated society which has its roots in Inca, Maya, and even Aztec cultural traditions and beliefs. A jade burial mask is among the many ancient artefacts she unearths during her quest to save the world from a Maya apocalypse. What isn’t immediately clear from the game is whether this particular burial mask ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2018 // 4 Comments

Mayanist of the Month – May 2018 – Tatiana Proskouriakoff

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will be putting her knowledge of Maya mythology and archaeology to the test as she races against time to save the world from impending doom. To celebrate the game’s upcoming release, I will be paying tribute to some of the greatest female Mayanists in a new monthly series of articles, simply titled “Mayanist of the Month”. The study of Mesoamerica’s Maya civilisation has attracted scholars from a variety of social and academic ... [Continue Reading]

May 13, 2018 // 0 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

Arte-Factual: Toltec Warriors (Tomb Raider 1)

Sharp-eyed gamers may have noticed that the same colossal sculptures appear repeatedly throughout the Peruvian levels of the original Tomb Raider (1996), most notably in the Tomb of Qualopec. These sculptures are, in fact, based on the real-life Atlantes, or Atlantean pillars, found at Tula, a Postclassic archaeological site in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.** The four Atlantes of Tula are basalt pillars carved in the form of Toltec warriors and are thought to have once supported the roof of ... [Continue Reading]

April 3, 2013 // 10 Comments