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About Kelly M (396 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

No New ‘Tomb Raider’ Content at E3 2017?

Tomb Raider fans expecting to see a preview of Lara Croft’s next adventure at E3 2017 may be in for a disappointment. According to Crystal Dynamics Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this “will be a quiet E3 for Lara, but we’re looking forward to catching up on her new adventure later this year”. It’s unclear if this means there’ll be absolutely no new content on show at E3 (perhaps we’ll get a title and/or release date), but all I can say ... [Continue Reading]

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Fan Recreates Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds

There may not be a LEGO game set in the Tomb Raider universe (yet) but I’m sure many of us would sell our souls for a LEGO Tomb Raider game after seeing this fan-made recreation of Croft Manor. Die-hard Tomb Raider fan and LEGO aficionado Ross Kearney created a spectacular mash-up of Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds, a feat that took him over 80 hours to complete. From the obstacle course and garden maze first seen in Tomb Raider 2 to the treasure vault (and T-rex head) seen in Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Guest Blog: The Final Voyage – The Fated Journey of the Endurance

In this special guest article by Jaden, writer and admin of The Sudden Stop, we take a look at the renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, whose ill-fated voyage to Antarctica and subsequent shipwreck inspired the narrative of the best-selling 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. The Final Voyage The Fated Journey of the Endurance Written by Jaden For Tomb Raider (2013), Crystal Dynamics took inspiration from myths and historical icons to create a tangible world within a blend of different ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 2 Comments

First Official Pics of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Official Synopsis Released

Tomb Raider fans may have got their very first glimpse of Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft back in early February when the Daily Mail Online published a number of photos from the South Africa-based set but it wasn’t until earlier this week that we got the first official publicity shots and synopsis for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot film. MGM and Warner Bros teamed up with Vanity Fair, Vogue, Self, and GQ for some exclusive coverage of the 2018 film, which included interviews with ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge

Quite a few Tomb Raider fans and fansite admins have been taking part in the “Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge” over on Twitter and other social media this month and while I’m normally useless at keeping up with daily challenges, I thought I’d go ahead and jump on the proverbial bandwagon. The Tomb Raider 30-Day Challenge was launched by Portuguese fansite The Croft Tomb a couple of years ago and covers the full scope of the Tomb Raider franchise, from the games themselves ... [Continue Reading]

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Review: Lara Croft Funko Pop! Figure

I’ve been a huge fan of Funko’s uber-cute aesthetic ever since a friend of mine introduced me to their range of Pop! vinyl figures a couple of years ago. What began as a one-off acquisition (a Scarlet Witch Pop! I received from said friend) has since grown into an eclectic collection of superhero and Star Wars figures. So when Funko announced that they were releasing a Lara Croft Pop! figure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, I just couldn’t ... [Continue Reading]

February 12, 2017 // 3 Comments

First Set Photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Tomb Raider fans have been anxiously waiting for their first look at Alicia Vikander from the set of the upcoming reboot film and, thanks to the Daily Mail Online, they need not wait any longer! The British news site published a number of exclusive photos that show the Swedish actress in action, dangling from wires, holding on to the wing of an airplane that’s seen better days, and sporting an outfit that looks very similar to the one Lara Croft wore in the 2013 game (complete with ... [Continue Reading]

February 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

Review: Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever

In our latest guest article, South Africa-based writer, cosplayer, and Tomb Raider fan Noelle A (aka Pfangirl) shares her thoughts on Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent’s recent novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever. Please note that the following review may contain some very minor spoilers. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is the second Tomb Raider novel from the husband-wife writing team of Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. This follows 2014’s Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals. ... [Continue Reading]

January 27, 2017 // 1 Comment

Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous installments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully reimagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 3 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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2017 // 7 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 ... [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 ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment