Jason Chester's model of the Dragon's Lair from Tomb Raider II

Jason Chester’s ‘Tomb Raider II’ Low-Polygon Models

Earlier this year, I interviewed Tomb Raider fan and Blender model designer Jason Chester to learn more about his incredible series of low-polygon models based on the groundbreaking 1996 game. And, as promised, he went on to create a series of models based on the 1997 sequel, completing this mammoth …

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Lara Croft’s Jurassic World – Five Memorable Dinosaur Encounters

Repeat after me: Archaeologists don’t dig dinosaurs. They. 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 …

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Rooftop of Barkhang Monastery

Arte-Factual: Buddhist Symbols of Barkhang Monastery (Part 2)

Time for another edition of Arte-Factual! This time around, we’ll be returning to Barkhang Monastery to look at some of the other Buddhist symbols that can be found throughout the fictional monastery. The Wheel, or “Dharmachakra”: The Buddhist wheel, or dharmachakra, is one of the oldest and most recognisable motifs in …

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The Great Wall of China

Chinese Civilization TV Series

Chinese archaeology isn’t just Great Walls, dragon emperors, and fictional Daggers of Xi’an. If you’d like to learn more about real Chinese history and archaeology, you should check out China Central Television’s 20-part documentary series, “Chinese Civilization“. This series, which can be found in its entirety on its official CCTV page and on YouTube, covers a …

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