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Taste Raider: Ch’arki and Chuños (Part 1)

Whenever we think of culture or cultural identity, we may be tempted to think of arts and crafts, mythology, literature, clothing, rituals. But food and culinary traditions are also forms of cultural expression and can give us a deeper insight into that culture’s history, development, and values. Tomb Raider Horizons’ new food-centric feature, Taste Raider, will explore some of the dishes and food traditions seen in the Tomb Raider games and spin-off media. In the 2018 game Shadow ... [Continue Reading]

September 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

Survivor Reborn Takes Lara Croft on an Egyptian Adventure

Survivor Reborn admin Lori and her husband Jay recently spent ten incredible days in Egypt and brought along their Rock Candy Lara Croft figure, who was more than happy to pose for photos in front of some of the country’s key attractions. From the pyramids at Giza to the Graeco-Roman ruins of Alexandria, from the banks of the Nile to the majestic temple ruins of Karnak, from the sun-beaten Valley of the Kings to the treasure-filled halls of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Lori and Jay ... [Continue Reading]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fan Project: History and Geography in ‘Tomb Raider’

Do you like learning about ancient history and faraway lands? Well, if you’re a regular visitor to this site, I think it’s safe to assume that you do… so let me point you in the direction of CroftManor’s phenomenal documentary series, History and Geography in Tomb Raider! History and Geography in Tomb Raider is the brainchild of Simon Bucher, a 22-year-old Tomb Raider fan and student from Germany, and explores the real-life myths, archaeological sites, locations, and ... [Continue Reading]

February 4, 2018 // 1 Comment

Guest Blog: The Final Voyage – The Fated Journey of the Endurance

In this special guest article by Jaden, writer and admin of The Sudden Stop, we take a look at the renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, whose ill-fated voyage to Antarctica and subsequent shipwreck inspired the narrative of the best-selling 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. The Final Voyage The Fated Journey of the Endurance Written by Jaden For Tomb Raider (2013), Crystal Dynamics took inspiration from myths and historical icons to create a tangible world within a blend of different ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider China Publishes 3-Part Article on the Wei Mirror

Those of you who have been following the latest story arc of Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comic series will no doubt be familiar with the Wei Mirror – an ancient artefact dubbed the “Prison of Souls” – that Lara Croft is searching for in her bid to save her friend Sam’s soul from the clutches of the shaman queen Himiko. But did you know that this mirror is modelled after real-life bronze mirrors found at a number of ancient sites in Japan and China? In early ... [Continue Reading]

January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

‘Star Wars’ Locations That Would Be Great Settings for a ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

The Tomb Raider video game series and films have done a tremendous job of showcasing some of the world’s historical sites and exotic locations, whether they’re well-known attractions such as the pyramids at Giza or Angkor Wat or the less commonly known Trajan’s Market and Jan Mayen island. And as one of the most successful and longest-running film franchises to date, the Star Wars films have often relied on real-world locations to serve as the backdrops of some of their ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali

In the 2006 game Tomb Raider: Legend, Lara Croft travels across the globe in search of pieces of the mythical Excalibur, visiting such places as a military base in Kazakhstan, the ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, an ancient temple in the Ghanaian rainforest, and an abandoned monastery in Nepal. But did you know that the West African nation of Mali was almost a stop on Lara’s grand tour? Perusing my archive of Legend concept art recently, I spotted two pieces of artwork that seemed to depict ... [Continue Reading]

August 25, 2016 // 2 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Trinity College Library, Dublin

Since this site was launched in March 2013, my Lara’s Travels feature has explored some of the cities and ancient sites seen in the Tomb Raider games, such as Prague’s Strahov District (Angel of Darkness), Zapadnaya Litsa in western Russia (Chronicles), and the tomb KV5 in Egypt (Last Revelation). And although the locations featured in the games and films are the ones that often stand out in most people’s memories, it would be remiss of me to say that the comics were ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

6 Siberia Travelogues for the Armchair Adventurer

Lara Croft’s latest adventure takes her to the forests and mountain ranges of Siberia, a vast and often misunderstood region that stretches from Russia’s Ural Mountains to the country’s north Pacific coastline. Commonly viewed as a region of Arctic wastelands and Soviet-era prison camps, Siberia is a land full of stunning natural landscapes and home to numerous indigenous peoples. Many of us may never get the chance to follow in Ms Croft’s footsteps due to ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

A Pilgrimage to Himiko’s Tomb

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yamatai or take a leisurely stroll around Himiko’s tomb. But one hot (and thankfully not too humid) day in September, my husband and I got the chance to do just that when we took some time off from our regular sightseeing and boarded a train bound for Nara, a former capital city not far from Osaka that’s renowned for its ancient temples, giant Buddha statue, and free-roaming deer. Once there, we transferred onto a smaller ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

Guest Blog: A Survivor Is Born, or How the Tomb Raider Reboot Rebooted My Life (Part 1)

Guest Blog by Rurik. It has been my experience that gamers are regularly type-cast as a sedentary lot who prefer to live out lives full of danger and excitement through the various characters of their games of choice rather than making the more difficult choice to step outside and build an exciting life of their own. Whether or not that remains the entirety of the truth, I do think you would be doing the wonder of existence a disservice to spend every waking moment on your buttocks in front ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Strahov District, Prague

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Tomb Raider series is the inclusion of real-life artefacts and locations in the games, even if the level designers and artists employed a heavy dose of artistic license in their efforts. During a family trip to Prague this Easter, I made a point of exploring the city’s Strahov district with my husband in tow (my mum declined the invitation in favour of some retail therapy) and we soon discovered that, shock horror, the real Strahov ... [Continue Reading]

May 12, 2015 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Zapadnaya Litsa

Lara Croft will soon be heading off to Siberia for her next adventure but long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series will know that this will certainly not be her first visit to the Russian Federation. In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, our heroine travelled to an ancient settlement in Siberia (though actually filmed in Iceland) in search of one half of the mystic Triangle of Light. And fans of the Core Design games may remember that Ms Croft once broke into a high-security naval base at Zapadnaya ... [Continue Reading]

February 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Dragon’s Triangle

Fans of Tomb Raider 2013 will recall that Lara and the Endurance crew venture into the region known as the Dragon’s Triangle in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Throughout the course of the game, players became well-acquainted with this fictional island, its inhabitants, and the supernatural conditions that prevented people from leaving its shores. But what do we know about the Triangle itself? The Dragon’s Triangle, also referred to as the Devil’s Sea (Ma no Umi, ... [Continue Reading]

November 29, 2014 // 5 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much real and may have been home to some of the first ... [Continue Reading]

July 27, 2014 // 3 Comments

5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

Long-time readers of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will probably be familiar with my series, Lara’s Travels, which looks at the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex which may have been the inspiration for Tomb Raider 1’s St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Lara’s globetrotting adventures have inspired many to ... [Continue Reading]

July 17, 2014 // 15 Comments

Lara’s Travels: The Cistern

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited dozens of archaeologically fascinating places but not all of them have been particularly glamorous. One such place that instantly springs to mind is the Cistern in Tomb Raider 1. When I first started playing Tomb Raider back in 1996, I bought myself a copy of the Prima official strategy guide to help me get through the game (Stella’s Walkthroughs wasn’t around back then) and while flicking through the pages, I noticed that one of the ... [Continue Reading]

June 17, 2014 // 3 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Museum Week Special

Hundreds of museums and art galleries across Europe took part in Twitter’s first “Museum Week” event this week and to celebrate its success, I thought I’d devote an edition of Lara’s Travels to the museums Lara Croft visits (or refers to) in the Tomb Raider series.** 1) Louvre Museum, Paris One of Lara’s most memorable museum visits is her after-hours escapade in the Louvre Museum, Paris, in Angel of Darkness. The Louvre Palace has a long, rich history that ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Photo Gallery: Trajan’s Market, Rome

Some of you may recall that I visited Rome, “The Eternal City”, in mid November. I’ve finally gotten round to sorting out my holiday photos so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took at Trajan’s Market. Tomb Raider fans will probably recognize the name as it was one of the places Lara Croft visits in the 2000 game Tomb Raider Chronicles. I plan to write about Trajan’s Market at greater length in an upcoming edition of Lara’s Travels so keep an ... [Continue Reading]

December 8, 2013 // 6 Comments

Would You Visit a Fake Tomb?

Egyptian authorities recently announced that a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb will be erected near the Luxor home of Howard Carter, where it will stay until the completion of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza in 2015. Although the real tomb (KV62) will remain open to the public for the time being, the officials hope that the replica will divert tourists away from the original and allow conservators to conduct much-needed repairs to the tomb’s crumbling walls. Work on the replica tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

Guest Blog: Tomb Raider and the Temples of Angkor

Guest blogger Anya Martin has just returned from a trip to Cambodia, where she explored the magnificent and now world-famous Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap. In this guest article, Anya not only shares what she’s learnt about the site’s construction and history but also discusses the impact the 2001 Tomb Raider film has had on the local economy. ********* In the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara pays a visit to a hidden tomb in Cambodia, where she finds the first half ... [Continue Reading]

September 21, 2013 // 12 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Meteora

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, I wrote about the island of Jan Mayen in the Arctic Ocean, one of the real-life locations featured in Tomb Raider: Underworld. This time, however, we’ll be going back in time to where it all began and look at one of the places Lara visits in the original Tomb Raider (and Anniversary): St. Francis’ Folly. Of course, there is no real-life St. Francis’ Folly (try not to be too disappointed), though this hasn’t deterred fans from ... [Continue Reading]

September 11, 2013 // 12 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Jan Mayen Island

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, we looked at the real and in-game Tomb of Semerkhet in Egypt. This time, we will be leaving the scorching deserts of Egypt behind us and will be turning our attention to a remote, volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean: Jan Mayen. Lara travels to Jan Mayen in Tomb Raider: Underworld in search of Valhalla and Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjölnir, in order to put an end to Natla’s plans to bring about the “Seventh Age” (thought to be ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2013 // 7 Comments

Photo: The Great Wall of China

This photo was taken along the Badaling (八达岭) section of the Great Wall during my third visit to the Wall in September 2010. Many choose to avoid this section of the Great Wall, deriding it as too touristy and overdeveloped, but if you’re short on time, Badaling is perhaps one of the easiest sections to get to, especially if you don’t have your own transportation. The Badaling section of the Great Wall was built in 1505 and has been restored on several occasions over the ... [Continue Reading]

July 1, 2013 // 4 Comments

World Heritage Day

18th April is World Heritage Day or, as it’s officially known, the International Day for Monuments and Sites. To celebrate it, I’ve compiled a list of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites that Lara Croft has visited during her travels. I had originally planned to write a paragraph or two about each of these places but, due to time constraints, I’ve inserted links to their official UNESCO pages instead. Here are some of the awe-inspiring World Heritage sites that Lara has ... [Continue Reading]

April 18, 2013 // 2 Comments