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Tomb Raider Research Papers & Articles

Are you a student or researcher looking for research papers and articles on Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, or archaeogaming? Then you’re in luck. Here you will find an archive of articles and theses that analyse the franchise and its heroine from an academic point of view. Please note that not …

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Tomb Raider Horizons Featured in TheGamer Article on ‘Tomb Raider’ and Travel

As part of its “Tomb Raider Week” celebrations last November, gaming news site TheGamer published an article about the Tomb Raider franchise and how it had inspired fans to follow in Lara’s footsteps… including yours truly! Writer Stacey Henley reached out to me and several other Tomb Raider fan community …

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The first piece of official promotional artwork for 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider'

Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Site Teases Fans With Audio Clues About Lara Croft’s Next Adventure

Fans who visited the official Tomb Raider site throughout March and April will no doubt have tried their hand at solving the Maya-themed puzzles being used to promote Shadow of the Tomb Raider. And to reward their efforts, Square Enix was kind enough to share some tiny clues about Lara Croft’s …

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Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan …

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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, …

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Mos Espa, Tatooine (Image credit: StarWars.Com)

‘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 …

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Screenshot from Rise of the Tomb Raider's Syria level

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 …

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Screenshot from Rise of the Tomb Raider (Image credit: Crystal Dynamics)

What Do Archaeologists Think of ‘Tomb Raider’?

It’s fair to say that many archaeologists have a love-hate relationship with their fictional counterparts and with the way their profession is portrayed in popular culture. On the one hand, films and other works of fiction help perpetuate the trope of the “adventurer-archaeologist”, Indiana Jones-types who spend their lives sniffing out lost …

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