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Guest Blog: 6 Amazing Archaeological Sites That Lara Croft Hasn’t Visited (But Really Should)

Guest Blog by Lisa-Marie Shillito (@ArchaeologyLisa) 1) Pavlopetri – The City Beneath the Waves In the original Tomb Raider Lara finds herself in the fabled lost city of Atlantis, known only through the written accounts of Plato around 360 BC, where it is said to have vanished beneath the waves some 9000 years earlier. This would make Atlantis around 11,000 years old, pushing its occupation right back to the beginning of the Holocene, or the end of the last Ice Age. In archaeological ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

Gail Simone Talks Tomb Raider

In her interview with Comic Vine this week, writer Gail Simone talked about her work on Dark Horse’s upcoming line of Tomb Raider comics, her thoughts on the new Lara Croft, and her vision for the next stage of Lara’s transition from survivor to hardy adventuress. Gail, who has made a name for herself for her work on DC’s “Wonder Woman” and Dynamite Entertainment’s “Red Sonja”, emphasised the importance of good storytelling in video games and ... [Continue Reading]

January 23, 2014 // 10 Comments

The Best & Worst of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider

It’s January so that means we’re now into the third month of the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival. In November, we talked about our reasons for blogging and in December, we talked about the positive and negative aspects of blogging. This time around, Doug has asked us to reflect on what we consider our best (or worst) blog posts. He left this open to interpretation so each blogger has approached the topic from a different angle. Some have gone for a more quantitative approach, ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2014 // 11 Comments

Should You Buy Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition?

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will be out in the shops within the next couple of weeks so Playstation 4 and Xbox One users will finally be able to enjoy last year’s reboot on their next-gen console. But for those who already own a copy of Tomb Raider 2013, is it worth forking out your hard-earned cash for the Definitive Edition? IGN have posted a video that compares the PS3 and PS4 editions and highlights the latter’s enhanced graphics. The PS4 version features improved ... [Continue Reading]

January 15, 2014 // 10 Comments

Arte-Factual: The Mouth of Truth (Tomb Raider Chronicles)

Tomb Raider Chronicles was possibly my least favourite game of the Tomb Raider series. Sure, it had fewer glitches and better controls than its ill-received successor Angel of Darkness but it offered nothing new in terms of game-play aside from a couple of new moves and its short, episodic nature made it feel more like an expansion pack than a standalone game. Having said that, Chronicles did have one major redeeming factor: the fact that three of its levels were set in Rome. Rome is one of ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Square Enix Launches Lara Croft: Reflections

UPDATE: RenRen Games have announced that the game’s servers will be shut down in August 2014. Based on this, it now seems very unlikely that Lara Croft: Reflections will be released worldwide as previously planned.  When Square Enix trademarked the name Lara Croft: Reflections in March 2013, it sparked a flurry of speculation within the Tomb Raider fan community. Was it the name of the upcoming sequel to 2013’s reboot game? Could it be an expansion pack or DLC? Was it the name of ... [Continue Reading]

January 11, 2014 // 11 Comments

Croft (2013)

Most of you have probably heard about this by now but for those of you who haven’t, a brand new Tomb Raider fan film was released online during the Christmas holidays and it’s already made quite an impression both online and off. Croft is a non-profit short film that was inspired by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and was produced by a team of independent filmmakers and actors as a way to showcase their talents. This 20-minute film follows the ... [Continue Reading]

December 28, 2013 // 11 Comments

Tomb Raider I Now Available on iOS

Christmas has come early for iPad and iPhone owners as Square Enix confirmed today that Tomb Raider 1 has been released for iOS. And if that wasn’t enough, the game even includes the two bonus chapters, “Shadow of the Cat” and “Unfinished Business”, from the 1998 re-release Tomb Raider Gold. The iOS release has been optimised for the iPhone 5 but is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touchs running iOS 7.0 and players will be able to control Lara and the ... [Continue Reading]

December 18, 2013 // 7 Comments

My Love-Hate Relationship With Blogging

We’re into the second month of the Blogging Archaeology blog carnival and what an amazing event it’s turning out to be. Over 60 bloggers took part in the last month’s session, in which we were all asked to explain why we blog about archaeology. The responses were as diverse as the authors themselves. Some started their blogs as a way to share their research with a wider audience while others, such as Graecomuse, simply wanted to cut through the romanticised view that the ... [Continue Reading]

December 15, 2013 // 17 Comments

Photo Gallery: Jean Michel Thery’s Tomb Raider Models

If you’ve been visiting the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page recently, you may have seen some photos of an Ancient Egyptian-themed Tomb Raider model. This beautiful work of art was created by Jean Michel Thery and since he doesn’t have his own blog or website, I offered to share his photos on this blog. Jean Michel was born and raised in Lille, France, and now lives in Belgium. He retired a few years ago and devotes most of his free time to DIY, archery, playing video games, ... [Continue Reading]

December 13, 2013 // 8 Comments

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

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Coming to XBox One & Playstation 4

Rumours of a next-gen release of Tomb Raider 2013 were confirmed at the VGX awards on Saturday 7th December when Crystal Dynamics announced that they will be re-releasing the game for the XBox One and Playstation 4 in late January 2014 (Click to watch the trailer and interview). Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will feature improved visuals, including a next-gen Lara Croft model, new environmental effects and TressFX hair rendering, and will include a bundle of downloadable content, including ... [Continue Reading]

December 8, 2013 // 7 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments

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

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another edition of Arte-Factual! And this time around, we’ll be making the trek back 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 Buddhist art and was once used to represent the Buddha himself (human depictions of the Buddha only started ... [Continue Reading]

November 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Ill-Gotten Goods: Plundered Artefacts & the Illicit Antiquities Trade

If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider video game series or love the Indiana Jones films, you could be forgiven for thinking that archaeologists spend their lives searching for mystical lost artefacts or exploring strange lands. After all, when was the last time you saw Lara Croft taking soil samples during a field survey or Indiana Jones applying for excavation permits? Unfortunately, antiquities are big business and real-life tomb raiders help fuel the global trade in illicit ... [Continue Reading]

November 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Guest Blog: My Female Gaming Role Model, Lara Croft

By Working Game Mom. Lara Croft is the star of Tomb Raider. She is probably one of, if not the, strongest female in video gaming. Yes, I know the picture is of the movie adaptation, but what can I say, Angelina Jolie brings out my lesbian. My love for the Tomb Raider series started in 1997 after I received a PlayStation for Christmas. A hot chick that can kill things and is athletic enough to climb any wall? I’m for it! I always looked at Lara as someone I wanted to aspire to. I would ... [Continue Reading]

November 13, 2013 // 4 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

Lara’s Travels: KV5

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the KV5 level of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation was rather dull and forgettable. There are no real tombs to explore, no noteworthy treasures to find and you spend most of your time driving a jeep through sand dunes, dodging grenades, and avoiding deadly spike pits. Perhaps the level designers just didn’t realise that the real KV5 would turn out to be the largest tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. KV5, which stands for ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2013 // 5 Comments

Why I Blog About Archaeology (and Tomb Raider)

Doug, author of the blog Doug’s Archaeology, will be hosting a blogging carnival on the subject of archaeology and blogging in the lead-up to next year’s Society for American Archaeology (SAA) conference. Each month, Doug will post a question on his blog and invite other bloggers to share their thoughts and opinions on certain issues. This sounded like a fantastic initiative to address the role of blogging in archaeology so I decided to join in the fun and share my own (dare I say ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2013 // 13 Comments

The First Lady of Chinese Archaeology

Trowelblazers recently published an article I wrote for them on the career of the Chinese archaeologist Zheng Zhenxiang and her discovery of the tomb of the Shang Dynasty female general and priestess Lady Fu Hao. Although this isn’t strictly Tomb Raider-related, I know that a lot of you are interested in archaeology and female archaeologists so here’s a short excerpt of my article for you to enjoy: Zheng Zhenxiang (born in 1929) was not only the first female archaeologist of New ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2013 // 8 Comments