Top 10 Kickass Women in Video Games (Mookychick)
Kay Dee lists her top 10 bright, dynamic, strong, fearless, kick-ass women in video games. It should come as no surprise as to who is number 1 on that list.
Silver Screen Queens Podcast: Lara Croft Tomb Raider Series (Silver Screen Queens)
The Silver Screen Queens Katie and Mel talk about the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film series and the films’ leading lady, Angelina Jolie.
A fragment of an Egyptian sphinx with an inscription bearing the name of the pharaoh Menkaure has been discovered at the site of Tel Hazor in northern Israel, leaving archaeologists somewhat baffled as to how it got there.
The value of public engagement: a consumer’s view (The Heritage Journal)
The author calls on academics and professional archaeologists to recognize the importance of public engagement and outreach in archaeological matters.
Tale of Glorious Art and Not So Glorious Thieves (The New York Times)
Italian art police and archaeologists continue their battle to save Etruscan antiquities from tomb robbers and urban developers. One particular paragraph stood out for me as it explains exactly why aspiring archaeologists should not emulate our lovely Lara: “In covering their tracks, the looters effectively wiped out the sort of information — the size of the tomb, the number of rooms, how the various urns and other artifacts were arranged — that scholars scour for information to reconstruct ancient civilizations.” In archaeology, context is everything.
Recipe for Surviving an Archaeological Excavation (Middle East Marvels & Musings)
Anthropologist Marielle shares her tips for surviving an archaeological excavation. Somehow, I don’t see Lara as the type to spend hours digging or worrying about ants getting into her drinking water…
Bones Abroad: Central England (Bone Don’t Lie)
Kate takes a page out of Indiana Jones’ (or Lara’s) book and does some globe-trekking of her own as part of her pre-dissertation research on Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.
Fun Comes in Little Boxes (Burning in Water)
Cath shares her thoughts on gaming, women in video games, and the perils of online gaming.
Chinese archaeologists say they may have discovered the world’s oldest known primitive writing at the Liangzhu archaeological site in Zhejiang Province.
Flight of the Khyung: July 2013 (Tibet Archaeology)
John Vincent Bellazza writes about the polychrome rock art of highland Tibet and the Neolithic Period in Upper Tibet.
Diary of a Trench Cat (GraecoMuse)
Ever wondered what it’s like to spend endless hours digging at an archaeological site? Jenni gives us an insight into the art of excavation.
Two Norwegian archaeologists have uncovered evidence of a Viking-age trading town in Steinkjer and believe it may offers clues to the location of a major Viking trading area mentioned in Norse sagas.
Mexico unveils stone-age etchings (BBC News)
Archaeologists have catalogued almost 8,000 petroglyphs found at a site in Narigua in northern Mexico. The petroglyphs mostly consist of concentric circles and wavy lines and are thought to have been carved by hunter-gatherers some 6,000 years ago.
Female game programmers start to break down barriers (The Detroit News)
Gender equality in the video game industry is certainly a hot topic this year! Women are gradually breaking into the industry but it appears that there is still room for improvement, especially where salaries are concerned.
Archaeologists have unearthed wooden sheets in Abu Rawash area in Egypt that are thought to have been part of funerary boats belonging to a First Dynasty king.
A farmer in China’s Shaanxi Province stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old Han Dynasty tomb whilst building his house. The tomb and its grave goods are said to be in good condition and are currently being studied by local archaeologists.
Peruvian archaeologists will be employing a new weapon in their quest to survey and protect the country’s cultural heritage: miniature helicopters. The helicopters will be controlled remotely and will be fitted with cameras, which will allow archaeologists to create a more complete record of Peru’s archaeological sites and, hopefully, prevent the trafficking of illicit antiquities.
When the Ruins Were New (The New York Review of Books Blog)
Veteran travel writer Colin Thubron looks at some of the earliest British travellers to the Middle East and Egypt.
Archaeologists in China believe they may have discovered a matrimonial tomb dating to the Western Zhou Dynasty in Yejiashan, Hubei Province.