Jason Chester's model of the Lost Valley from Tomb Raider I

Jason Chester’s Low-Poly ‘Tomb Raider’ Models

Tomb Raider fans never cease to find creative new ways to celebrate their fandom and pay tribute to the games that inspire them, and Jason Chester is no exception. For the past few months, Jason has designed and created low-poly models of each of Tomb Raider I’s levels, which can be found in his ArtStation …

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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 palaeontology”. So if it’s dinosaurs …

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The Toltec warrior statues in Qualopec's tomb

Arte-Factual: Toltec Warriors

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 actually based on the real-life Atlantes – or Atlantean pillars – found at Tula, a Postclassic archaeological site in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.** The four …

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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 …

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