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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 Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on January 26, 2017, and join in the discussion in the Twitch chatroom! Who or What is VALUE? VALUE is a ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

The 2016 Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards

In late 2016, Crystal Dynamics launched the very first annual Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards as a way of showcasing the creativity and noteworthy achievements of this diverse (and highly talented) fan community. Two winners were chosen for each category – one voted for by the community of fansite administrators and the other chosen by Crystal Dynamics staff themselves – and the award categories included “Best Live Event”, “Best Photo or Art Project”, and “Best Tomb Raider 20 Initiative”. A complete list of award winners can be ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider China Publishes 3-Part Article on the Wei Mirror

Those of you who have been following the latest story arc of Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider comic series will no doubt be familiar with the Wei Mirror – an ancient artefact dubbed the “Prison of Souls” – that Lara Croft is searching for in her bid to save her friend Sam’s soul from the clutches of the shaman queen Himiko. But did you know that this mirror is modelled after real-life bronze mirrors found at a number of ancient sites in Japan and China? In early January 2017, Tomb Raider China contributor Ade Tong went on her own research expedition to track down ... [Continue Reading]

January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming (but still enjoyable) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the as-yet untitled film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed dead) father. Here’s what you need to know about the cast of the new Tomb Raider film! Alicia ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2017 // 5 Comments

Rhianna Pratchett Bids a Fond Farewell to the ‘Tomb Raider’ Franchise

In their first major announcement of 2017, Crystal Dynamics announced that Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the best-selling games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be parting ways with the Tomb Raider franchise to focus on new projects. The team thanked Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on both games and wrote that she was “instrumental in helping [them] find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story” and shaping Lara Croft “into the evolving heroine we know today”. While the reboot series and its protagonist have proven ... [Continue Reading]

January 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

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, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and E-learning companies, and granting them the freedom to schedule their studies around their jobs, families, ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

Lara Croft Funko Figures Heading Our Way in 2017

Lara Croft fans have been calling for a Funko figure for months and it looks like Funko has been listening because the company has announced it will be releasing not one, but TWO figures of the iconic adventurer in 2017. The hyper-stylized 3.75-inch Lara Croft Pop! vinyl figure will be available in stores as from January 31, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. If the Pop! vinyl aesthetic isn’t your thing, Funko will also be releasing a Rock Candy version of Ms Croft in March 2017. The 5-inch figure will be released on March 17 and is available for pre-order on ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 4 Comments

‘Star Wars’ Locations That Would Be Great for a ‘Tomb Raider’ Game

Star Wars season is upon us once more as the highly-anticipated anthology film Rogue One is set to hit cinema screens this December! And since I’m as big a Star Wars fangirl as I am a Tomb Raider one, I thought I’d try to find a way to celebrate two of my favourite franchises, albeit with an archaeological twist. 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 ... [Continue Reading]

December 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Lara Croft GO’ Released for PlayStation 4 & PS Vita, Gets a New Expansion

Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary celebrations are still in full swing as Square Enix Montréal announced today that their immensely popular, award-winning turn-based puzzle game Lara Croft GO is now available for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and is fully compatible with the recently released PS4 Pro. The game’s PS4 release was strongly hinted at when a list of trophies appeared online earlier this week but its release was officially announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. And if being able to play Lara Croft GO (and its expansion ‘Shard of Life’) on the ... [Continue Reading]

December 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cameron Suey Talks Horror, Baba Yaga, and ‘Tomb Raider’

The Tomb Raider video game series has always drawn its inspiration from real-world archaeology and mythology as well as classic works of literature and cinema. In the well-received Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch, gamers were invited to explore the Wicked Vale, a nightmarish landscape said to be home to a mythical witch. I asked Cameron Suey, the writer and narrative designer for Baba Yaga, about his work on the DLC, his thoughts on the use of horror elements in the reboot Tomb Raider series, and his chief sources of inspiration for his unique take on the classic ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Great Gifts for the ‘Tomb Raider’ Bookworm

Looking for a gift for a book-loving Tomb Raider fan? Or simply looking for a new book to add to your collection? Whatever the reason, you’ll find a range of recommended reads listed below, ranging from spin-off novels to comics, from art books to other non-fiction titles. Note: I cannot vouch for the quality of every item on this list as I have only read a handful of these. Comments or links to my reviews have been added where possible. 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future by Meagan Marie This commemorative tome by Senior Community Manager Meagan ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2016 // 5 Comments

Tomb Raider: Live in Concert on December 18, 2016

This milestone year for the Tomb Raider franchise is almost at an end but there’s still one more major celebratory event for fans to look forward to: Tomb Raider: Live in Concert! The concert, which will be held at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on Sunday 18th December 2016, will see the world premiere of composer Nathan McCree’s new ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ and promises to be an evening of nostalgia for long-time fans of this iconic video game series. McCree’s highly-anticipated ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ features reworked and extended versions of his ... [Continue Reading]

November 19, 2016 // 0 Comments