Normally I’d send out a newsletter to those of you who subscribed to my mailing list but, after some thought, I’ve decided to do away with the monthly newsletter for the foreseeable future. It was a nice idea but I guess it just makes more sense to post my monthly reviews on the blog instead.
So without further ado, here are the highlights of the past month!
- The Archaeology of Tomb Raider got its very own domain name earlier this month – http://archaeologyoftombraider.com. Feel free to update your bookmarks and/or blogroll!
- Speaking of blogrolls, you can now find a list of great Tomb Raider, video game, and archaeology blogs on the Recommended Blogs page. Please note that this is a work in progress so more blogs will be added to the list in the coming weeks.
- I decided to take part in Doug Archaeology’s blog carnival and wrote a short article explaining why I started this blog and why I continue to write about archaeology and Tomb Raider.
- On 24th November, I published the long-awaited second part of my article on The Buddhist Symbols of Barkhang Monastery. If you missed it, part 1 can be found here.
- One of the other top blog posts of the month was my article about the real KV5 in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Fans of the games may remember that Lara visited KV5 in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.
- And last but not least, I asked readers if they would visit a fake or replica tomb if it meant the real tomb could be preserved for posterity. Find out what they had to say about the issue and feel free to join in the discussion!
Tomb Raider Community News:
- Tomb Raider 2013 is up for 5 awards in this year’s VGX Awards. If you think the game deserves to be 2013’s Game of the Year, you should head over to the VGX website before 7th December to cast your vote.
- If you haven’t already read it, check out Daryl Baxter’s interview with Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree. Fans of the older games will be familiar with Nathan’s work. But did you know he wrote the entire score for the first Tomb Raider in just 4 weeks?
- Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge of the Tomb Raider series? Then check out Stella’s Tomb Raider Trivia Challenge! There are currently 9 multiple choice quizzes to choose from and there are several more planned for the near future.
- And speaking of challenges, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will launch its next competition once the Facebook page crosses the 1,000-like mark. You can help speed up this process by visiting and liking the page if you haven’t done so already or by letting others know about it.
- Chinese archaeologists have begun to retrieve artefacts from the Nanhai 1 shipwreck site. The Nanhai 1 was a Chinese merchant ship that sank off the coast of Guangdong Province in the 12th or 13th century and it’s thought that it will take 3 to 4 years to retrieve all of the items from the site.
- Archaeologists in Puebla, Mexico, have discovered a 14th century shrine that may have been dedicated to the Aztec Lord of Death, Mictlantecuhtli. Not for the faint-hearted.
- In Nepal, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of a Buddhist structure dating back to the 6th century BC. It is hoped that the structure will shed some light on the Buddha’s life as well as the origins of this major world religion.
- Archaeologists working in Turkey have found marble statues depicting the guardians of the “Gate to Hell”. The statues, one depicting the 3-headed dog Cerberus and the other a coiled snake, were probably erected near a cave that was thought to be the entrance to the underworld.
- Five heads of royal statues dating back to the Middle Kingdom have been found at a site near Luxor, Egypt. The heads are carved from limestone and may belong to some of the headless statues that have previously been found at that same site.
- And if you’re wondering why archaeology is important, you should read Graham Rutter’s article which explores the importance and wonder of archaeological discovery.
Well, that’s all for this month. Keep your eyes peeled for a special end-of-year review later this month. Until then, raid on… 😉
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