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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

Arte-Factual: Minoan Dolphin Fresco (Tomb Raider 1)

Time for another blast from the past as we return once again to the original 1996 Tomb Raider for this edition of Arte-Factual! If you’ve ever played the original game, you may have noticed that the game developers drew inspiration from real-life artworks and artefacts, such as the Toltec pillars at Tula in Mexico, the Gayer-Anderson cat statue, and the Chimú bird motifs that adorn the adobe walls of buildings at Chan Chan in Peru. This time around, we’ll be looking at the walls ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2013 // 12 Comments

Why Study a Dead Language?

In her article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”, academic Josephine Livingstone argues that there is still some value in learning dead (or extinct) languages such as Latin, Old English, and Sanskrit as they allow us access to a vast body of ancient literature and can even make it easier for people to acquire other modern languages. Sometimes we need to remember, however, that there are reasons for learning extinct languages beyond boarding-school nostalgia or a burning desire ... [Continue Reading]

September 16, 2013 // 11 Comments

Guest Blog: Life Might Not Be a Video Game But…

This guest blog by Anya Martin is the fourth in our Tomb Raider Inspirations series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series share their thoughts on the franchise and its leading lady and explain how their personal and/or professional lives have been influenced by one of the most successful video game series to date. In her guest post, Anya shares her thoughts on the Tomb Raider series and explains how Lara’s single-minded dedication has helped shape her own worldview. ********* When I ... [Continue Reading]

August 12, 2013 // 13 Comments

Free History & Art History Courses at Saylor.Org

If you’re looking for a way to broaden your knowledge of ancient history, the Classics, and/or art history at your own pace and for free, you will find an excellent selection of open courses on Saylor.Org. The Saylor Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and was founded on the principal that education should be free and readily accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Saylor.Org is the Foundation’s online education initiative and boasts a ... [Continue Reading]

June 28, 2013 // 3 Comments

Book Review: Ladies of the Field by Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams’ book, Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure (which you can buy on Amazon/Amazon UK), delves into the extraordinary lives of seven female archaeologists who, like Lara, threw convention to the wind to travel to faraway lands in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. Some were mothers, some never married, some were devoted wives who worked alongside their husbands, but all were inspirational, courageous and determined women who made ... [Continue Reading]

May 31, 2013 // 15 Comments