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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018 Game)

  • Burial doll replica from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Arte-Factual: Burial Doll Replica

    June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

    In the previous edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at Mexican sugar skulls, a folk art tradition that combines Christian religious practices with ancient Mesoamerican beliefs. This time around, I thought I’d turn my attention to the burial doll replica Lara Croft comes across in the remote town of Kuwaq Yaku in the jungles of Peru. While doing my preliminary research for this article, I discovered that the burial doll in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is modelled after Chancay dolls, which were ... [Continue Reading]

Arte-Factual

  • Burial doll replica from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Arte-Factual: Burial Doll Replica

    June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

    In the previous edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at Mexican sugar skulls, a folk art tradition that combines Christian religious practices with ancient Mesoamerican beliefs. This time around, I thought I’d turn my attention to the burial doll replica Lara Croft comes across in the remote town of Kuwaq Yaku in the jungles of Peru. While doing my preliminary research for this article, I discovered that the burial doll in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is modelled after Chancay dolls, which were ... [Continue Reading]

Lara’s Travels

  • Lara Croft poses in front of the Temple of Horus at Edfu (Image credit: Lori of Survivor Reborn)
    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]

Mythology

  • In Our Time logo
    If you’re looking for a podcast series that explores a wide range of topics in an intellectual, yet informal manner, then BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed series In Our Time will be right up your alley. Launched in October 1998, this popular radio discussion series presented by Melvyn Bragg attracts over two million listeners each week and boasts an archive of over 800 episodes, all of which can be downloaded from the BBC website for free. Each episode follows a set format: The series’ ... [Continue Reading]

Educational Resources

  • 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]

Tomb Raider Merchandise & Collectibles

  • Royal Mail's Tomb Raider miniature sheet stamps
    The Royal Mail is celebrating the best of British retro gaming and software ingenuity with a special collection of postage stamps. Designed by Supple Studios and Bitmap Books and created in conjunction with the UK Interactive Entertainment Association, the stamp collection is a heartfelt tribute to the early days of the British gaming industry and features classic games from the 1980s and 1990s, including Lemmings, Micro Machines, Populous, and, of course, the Tomb Raider series. One of the ... [Continue Reading]

Fan Creations

  • Jason Chester's model of the Dragon's Lair from Tomb Raider II
    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 task in late May 2020. The attention to detail is mind-blowing and keen-eyed fans will be able to spot a secret or two hidden away in some of his creations. Some of my personal favourites have been ... [Continue Reading]

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