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In Our Time: A Podcast Series on the History of Ideas

If you’re looking for a podcast series that explores a wide range of topics in an intellectual, yet informal manner, then BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed series In Our Time will be right up your alley. Launched in October 1998, this popular radio discussion series presented by Melvyn Bragg attracts over two million listeners each week …

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TED Talks about archaeology and cultural heritage

5 More TED Talks on Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

The Tomb Raider games may have whet your appetite for all things ancient but if you really want to indulge your inner archaeologist, put down your game controller and find out what the real experts have to say about this exciting field of study. From the digital preservation of vulnerable heritage sites to the discovery of ancient …

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Piecing Together a Fictional History of Kitezh

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft sets off to redeem her father’s reputation as an academic and get to grips with the concept of an immortal soul. Her journey takes her to a long-forgotten tomb in northern Syria and a remote settlement in Siberia, where she encounters the remnants of a once-great civilisation and gathers clues concerning the whereabouts …

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The Hunt for Himiko: Will Archaeologists Ever Excavate the Hashihaka Tomb?

In Tomb Raider 2013, Lara and the rest of the Endurance crew set out to look for the lost kingdom of Yamatai and its mysterious queen, Himiko. In reality, Japanese archaeologists have known the possible location of Himiko’s tomb for a few years now. A group of researchers were allowed access to the Hashihaka kofun burial mound …

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Book Review: Ladies of the Field by Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams’ book Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure  delves into the extraordinary lives of seven female archaeologists who, like Lara Croft, 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 …

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Chinese Civilization TV Series

Chinese archaeology isn’t just Great Walls, dragon emperors, and fictional Daggers of Xi’an. If you’d like to learn more about real Chinese history and archaeology, you should check out China Central Television’s 20-part documentary series, “Chinese Civilization“. This series can be found in its entirety on its official CCTV page and on YouTube, and it covers a period of over …

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Lara joins the search for Queen Himiko in Tomb Raider 2013

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in the popular video game Tomb Raider 2013. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the actual final resting place …

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