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Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2017

If you’ve always wanted to study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances, time, or suitable classes in your area, web-based MOOCs, or massive open online courses, may be just the thing for you. MOOCs have helped transform education in recent years, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

Lara Croft Funko Figures Heading Our Way in 2017

Lara Croft fans have been calling for a Funko figure for months and it looks like Funko has been listening because the company has announced it will be releasing not one, but TWO figures of the iconic adventurer in 2017. The hyper-stylized 3.75-inch Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure (read my review here) will be available in stores as from January 31, 2017, and is now available for purchase on Amazon and Amazon UK. If the Pop! vinyl aesthetic isn’t your thing, Funko will also be releasing ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 5 Comments

‘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

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Great Gifts for the ‘Tomb Raider’ Bookworm

Looking for a gift for a book-loving Tomb Raider fan? Or looking for a new book to add to your library? Whatever the reason, you’ll find a range of recommended reads listed below, ranging from spin-off novels to comics, from art books to other non-fiction titles. Note: I cannot vouch for the quality of every item on this list as I have only read a handful of these. Comments or links to my reviews have been added where possible. 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

Society for American Archaeology Publishes Magazine on Video Games & Archaeology

If you’re interested in the up-and-coming academic discipline of “archaeogaming”, you should check out the Society for American Archaeology’s November 2016 magazine (which can be downloaded as a PDF here or read online). This special issue is devoted to the study of video games and archaeology (or “archaeogaming”) and features articles by some of the leading researchers in the field. Of particular interest to visitors to this site is L. Meghan ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2016 // 5 Comments

Lara Croft, Guinness World Record Breaker

October 2016 was an insanely busy month for Ms Croft. Not only did Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration finally land on Playstation 4, it was also the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider (1996), the game that launched Lara Croft into superstardom. And if that wasn’t enough, our fictional heroine was also awarded two new Guinness World Records: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft” and “Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”. ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Secrets of Croft Manor: ‘Blood Ties’ Easter Eggs

Tracking down Easter eggs in video games is one of the joys of gaming and the ‘Blood Ties’ DLC is rife with references and amusing nods to Lara’s past adventures, making it a real treat for long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series. Whether it’s a familiar object or a subtle nod to Lara’s original backstory, I’ve tried to track down and list as many of the ‘Blood Ties’ Easter eggs as I could find. Please note that this might not be a complete list ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2016 // 7 Comments

Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

The recently-released Blood Ties DLC gave Tomb Raider fans a glimpse into Lara Croft’s childhood and her family history. Not only did we get to learn a little more about her enigmatic parents, we also got to find out what the younger Croft used to do in her spare time. One of the collectible documents found within Croft Manor is Lara’s old hieroglyphics worksheet, which proved useful for deciphering one of the manor’s safe combination codes. As a child, Lara apparently ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Croft Manor DLC Delves Deep Into Croft Family History

In the recently released Croft Manor DLC, “Blood Ties”, Tomb Raider fans get the chance to take some time out from pillaging ancient sites to delve deep into Croft family history and learn more about Lara Croft’s enigmatic parents and childhood, one aging document at a time. When Lara’s maternal uncle Atlas de Mornay contests the ownership of Croft Manor, she’s left with no choice but to search the derelict manor for a copy of her father’s last will and ... [Continue Reading]

October 18, 2016 // 12 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Releases New Screenshots, Trophy List For ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is out for the PS4, Crystal Dynamics has released a bunch of new screenshots from the game as well as a comprehensive list of all the trophies up for grabs. The new screenshots give us a good idea of how visually stunning the long-awaited PS4 edition promises to be when the game hits the shelves on October 11, 2016. Eagle-eyed gamers will no doubt have noticed that Ms Croft is wearing the new orange winter gear ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

’20 Years of Tomb Raider’ Book Due Out in Late October 2016

As part of their year-long celebration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics and Prima Games will be publishing a special commemorative book this October titled 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future. Due out on October 25, 2016, and written by Crystal Dynamics’ own Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this 360-page hardcover book will explore the ground-breaking and diverse history of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise and discuss their impact ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Lara Croft Fan Builds Model of ‘Tomb Raider 2013’ Mountain Shrine

Long-time visitors to this site will probably be familiar with Tomb Raider fan Jean Michel Thery’s stunning hand-made dioramas. Over the years, he’s made models of Egyptian tombs and Mesoamerican pyramids, created an amazingly detailed diorama of an Angkorian temple similar to those seen in The Last Revelation and the first Tomb Raider film, and won an award for his replica of the “Well of Tears” challenge tomb from Tomb Raider 2013. And now Jean Michel has been kind ... [Continue Reading]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Set For September 2016 Release

Remember how we were going to get a new novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever, last November? And how it was pushed back to January 2016? And how things went a little quiet after that? Well, it appears that fans’ patience will soon be rewarded as Dan Abnett’s novel will finally be released on September 13, 2016. Some fans will already be familiar with Abnett’s work; he previously worked on the Tomb Raider novel, The Ten Thousand Immortals, which was released back ... [Continue Reading]

August 26, 2016 // 2 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

‘Blood Ties’ Croft Manor DLC Makes Debut at Gamescom 2016

Crystal Dynamics treated Tomb Raider fans to their first look at the upcoming ‘Blood Ties’ DLC at Gamescom 2016, which was held in Cologne, Germany, earlier this week. This highly-anticipated story-driven DLC, which will allow gamers to explore a dust-ridden, run-down Croft Manor in search for clues that will legitimize Lara’s claim to the Croft estate, was first announced back in July. This week, Crystal Dynamics released a selection of screenshots over on the official ... [Continue Reading]

August 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art Book

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft explores a hidden oasis in Syria and a centuries-old settlement in Siberia in her quest to uncover the lost city of Kitezh and the secrets that lie within. Along the way, you. the gamer, will come across countless Byzantine murals, awe-inspiring ruins, and a wealth of ancient artefacts, not to mention wild animals, mercenary soldiers, and troubled villagers. And if you’d like to take a closer look at the characters and locations that appear in the ... [Continue Reading]

August 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Landing on PS4 This October

If you’ve been wondering when Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released for the PS4, wonder no more! Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have confirmed that the game *will* be coming to the PS4 and that it’ll be released worldwide on October 11, 2016, as part of their ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will not just include the game and all existing DLC; it’ll also include a co-op expansion for Endurance Mode as well as a brand-new ... [Continue Reading]

July 20, 2016 // 5 Comments

What We Know About the New ‘Tomb Raider’ Film So Far

It feels like a project that’s been years (dare I say “too many years”) in the making but the long-awaited reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise is finally picking up steam! Back in April, we learnt that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the coveted lead role and now it seems we have a release date for the as-yet untitled film: March 16, 2018. Further details about the cast and synopsis will be no doubt surface as the film nears completion but here’s what we know ... [Continue Reading]

July 10, 2016 // 6 Comments

Square Enix Presents the Top Tombs of Tomb Raider

Another E3 has come and gone and while we’re still waiting for news of a PS4 release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, we got a little sneak peek of the upcoming commemorative book, 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future, and learnt that a new series of statues has been commissioned to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The Crystal Dynamics crew also took part in a number of live events throughout the week, most notably the Square Enix Presents show, ... [Continue Reading]

June 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

8 Things I Missed While on Hiatus

As you probably know by now, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has just returned from a 3-month hiatus. Granted, I didn’t physically go anywhere but I gave myself a much-needed break from monitoring and relaying Tomb Raider franchise news to my readers and social media followers. Time and tide wait for no Croft and, as a result, I’m now feeling a little out of the proverbial loop… So what did I miss during the site’s downtime? Oscar-Winning Actress Lands Role as the New ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

Arte-Factual: Mongolian Tug (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Spoiler warning: This article does not contain any plot or location spoilers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, I leave it entirely up to the reader to decide whether they wish to continue scrolling down or not… In her quest to find Kitezh in the frozen hinterlands of Siberia, Lara Croft stumbles upon the remains of the ancient armies and intrepid explorers who have tried (and failed) to conquer this once-glorious and remote city. One of the artefacts Lara discovers throughout the ... [Continue Reading]

February 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

First Look at Mariko Tamaki’s New ‘Tomb Raider’ Series

Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki’s new Tomb Raider comic series is set to launch later this month and will be picking up where Rise of the Tomb Raider left off. It’s not yet clear whether the events of the game will be referenced in this new series, given that the Dark Horse website describes it as “a perfect jumping-on point for new readers”, but the first issue’s synopsis suggests that our heroine will be continuing her search for the world’s ... [Continue Reading]

February 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ PC Tech Feature

Anyone who’s had the chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One will no doubt be familiar with the game’s hauntingly beautiful, atmospheric tombs and its scenic sprawling hubs, not to mention its stunning heroine. Countless hours could be spent exploring every nook and cranny and marvelling at the crumbling ruins of a once-glorious city. And if this wasn’t enough, Crystal Dynamics and the Utrecht-based Nixxes Software teamed up with Nvidia to push the PC version ... [Continue Reading]

February 1, 2016 // 0 Comments