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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 // 14 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Best of the Rest

Ready for yet another list of the scariest Tomb Raider enemies of all time? The other two lists, The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Core Design Years and The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years, turned out to be spectacularly popular with fans and were even featured on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page as part of their Halloween festivities. Needless to say, the blog stats shot through the roof that day. 🙂 When I created the Core Design list, I felt like ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at 10 of the scariest enemies from the Core Design Tomb Raider games. With Halloween only a week away, let’s continue our scare-fest and look at the 10 scariest enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games! So, here are the 10 scariest Tomb Raider enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games in no particular order!   *** Note: You’ll need to click on the images to read the captions I hope the sight of these creepy critters hasn’t scared you away. Have a ... [Continue Reading]

October 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Core Design Years

Halloween will soon be upon us so I thought we’d start getting in the spirit of things and take a look at ten of the scariest enemies Lara has come across in the Core Design games. That is, from the very first Tomb Raider (1996) all the way through to (and including) the 2003 game Angel of Darkness. The low-tech graphics of the 1990s and early 2000s only adds to their fear factor, in my personal opinion… So, here are the 10 scariest Tomb Raider enemies from the Core Design ... [Continue Reading]

October 9, 2013 // 20 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

Guest Blog: Tomb Raider and the Temples of Angkor

Guest blogger Anya Martin has just returned from a trip to Cambodia, where she explored the magnificent and now world-famous Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap. In this guest article, Anya not only shares what she’s learnt about the site’s construction and history but also discusses the impact the 2001 Tomb Raider film has had on the local economy. ********* In the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara pays a visit to a hidden tomb in Cambodia, where she finds the first half ... [Continue Reading]

September 21, 2013 // 13 Comments

10 Things I’d Like to See in the ‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel

It’s been a couple of weeks since Square Enix confirmed that a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider reboot was in the works. Many other bloggers have already put forward their wish lists for the upcoming game but I thought I’d add my two cents. Update: There have been a few announcements about the upcoming sequel, The Rise of the Tomb Raider, since I wrote this article. Click here to read more about this highly-anticipated game! Here are 10 things I’d like to see in the ... [Continue Reading]

August 20, 2013 // 34 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 // 14 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Jan Mayen Island

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, we looked at the real and in-game Tomb of Semerkhet in Egypt. This time, we will be leaving the scorching deserts of Egypt behind us and will be turning our attention to a remote, volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean: Jan Mayen. Lara travels to Jan Mayen in Tomb Raider: Underworld in search of Valhalla and Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjölnir, in order to put an end to Natla’s plans to bring about the “Seventh Age” (thought to be ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2013 // 7 Comments

Guest Blog: Gates of Hel: The Norse Cosmology Behind Tomb Raider: Underworld

In Tomb Raider: Underworld (2009), we follow Lara as she visits a number of Norse ‘underworlds’, scattered across locations including Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Thailand. Here she finds a series of artefacts allowing her to wield Thor’s legendary hammer Mjölnir, the key to opening the gates of Helheim, where she discovers the truth of her mother’s disappearance (following on from Legend’s plot). Unsurprisingly, the mythological and historical background of the game has been ... [Continue Reading]

August 6, 2013 // 8 Comments

Guest Blog: Lara Croft: The Muse for Every Strong Fictional Female Character Since 1996

This guest blog is the third 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. Today’s guest blog is from the author of Sometimes Inspiration Strikes, who explains how her love of the Tomb Raider franchise was rekindled and why she believes Lara has been the muse for ... [Continue Reading]

August 4, 2013 // 7 Comments

Tomb Raider Sequel Has Been Confirmed

Good news, Tomb Raider fans! There *will* be a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider game. A sequel had been hinted at when Dark Horse Comics announced a new Tomb Raider comic series was in the works but Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix Europe, put all the rumours to rest on his blog earlier today. “Square Enix is in production with a number of next generation projects, including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year’s E3, and Thief coming in ... [Continue Reading]

August 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

Guest Blog: She May Only Consist of Polygons But She’ll Always Be My Hero

This guest blog is the second in our Tomb Raider Inspirations blog series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series are invited to 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. Today’s guest blog is from Rhys, who explains how Lara became – and still is – his first role model and hero. One could say it’s odd that you could ... [Continue Reading]

July 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

New Tomb Raider Comic Series Coming in Spring 2014

Fans of the Tomb Raider reboot will be happy to know that not only has a sequel been confirmed, there will also be a comic series which will pick up where the game left off and pave the way for Lara’s next video game adventure. Dark Horse Comics will be launching the new comic series in February 2014 and fans will be able to follow Lara as she travels the world, raiding more tombs and possibly even solving a few more ancient mysteries along the way. Gail Simone, who has enjoyed enormous ... [Continue Reading]

July 21, 2013 // 13 Comments

Arte-Factual: Kansu Burial Urn (Tomb Raider 2013)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another edition of Arte-Factual! Last time, we looked at the killer whale bottle from Tomb Raider: Anniversary and learnt a little about the Nasca, their beliefs, and their art. This time we’ll be taking a close look at one of the many collectable items found in Tomb Raider 2013: the Kansu burial urn. The “Kansu burial urn” bears a striking resemblance to a ceramic jar in the Asia Society’s collection, a Banshan type storage ... [Continue Reading]

July 10, 2013 // 11 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Tomb of Semerkhet

In this edition of Lara’s Travels, we’ll be exploring the Tomb of Semerkhet, one of the many Egypt-based levels in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. One of the things that long-time fans of the Tomb Raider series may have noticed is the series’ quirky blend of historical fact and archaeological fantasy. The Last Revelation is no exception. Does the Tomb of Semerkhet really exist? The answer is yes….and no. In The Last Revelation, Semerkhet is said to be a High Priest ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2013 // 13 Comments

Which Tomb Raider Location Would You Love to Explore in Real Life?

Which Tomb Raider location would you visit if you had the money and means to explore any of the places featured in the games, films, or comics? Would you visit the stunning temples of Angkor, explore the frozen expanses of Antarctica, wander through the urban wildernesses of London and Tokyo, or do a spot of mountain climbing in Peru? Feel free to let us know what is on your Tomb Raidertravel wishlist by leaving your comments below! You can learn more about the places Lara Croft has visited ... [Continue Reading]

March 14, 2013 // 20 Comments