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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. ... [Continue Reading]

November 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Lara Croft’s Jurassic World – Five Memorable Moments With Dinosaurs

Now, repeat after me: Archaeologists don’t dig dinosaurs. They. Do NOT. Dig dinosaurs. There’s such a wide misconception that archaeologists dig up fossils and dinosaur bones for a living that some musically-minded archaeologists have taken to Youtube to remind the public, in no uncertain terms, that they “don’t do dinosaurs” and that “digging up dinos is palaeontology”. So if it’s dinosaurs you’re after, it’s Dr Grant you need, ... [Continue Reading]

May 30, 2015 // 8 Comments

Tomb Raided – Issue 2

It’s time for another helping of Tomb Raider goodness courtesy of the Tomb Raider fan community! I’d like to thank everyone who gave me feedback on this new (weekly) feature and let me know what they’d like to see more of in future editions. 🙂 Before we move on to what my fellow fans and fansite owners have been up to over the past week, here are some recent articles of mine that you may have missed: an in-depth look at the griffin-head protome seen in TR: Anniversary, a ... [Continue Reading]

April 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs

One of the greatest pleasures in video gaming is the discovery (intentional or otherwise) of “Easter eggs”, those little jokes, secret levels, or hidden messages that game developers insert in their games for the players’ amusement. With a back catalogue spanning almost two decades and across multiple platforms, the Tomb Raider series has had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, ranging from humourous references to fan community in-jokes to visual gags that may be ... [Continue Reading]

April 13, 2015 // 16 Comments

[Closed] Tomb Raider II Giveaway (iOS Code)

This competition has now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated! The winner was:  **** Christina Biskup **** Congratulations, Christina, and commisserations to those who entered but did not win. Be sure to subscribe to the blog, follow me on Twitter or like the Facebook page to find out when I will hold my next giveaway competition! Our lovely community manager Meagan Marie has given many of us fansite owners free iOS codes to celebrate the release of Tomb Raider II for iOS. Since I ... [Continue Reading]

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tomb Raider II Now Available on iOS

Following the success of last year’s Tomb Raider I release for iOS, Square Enix announced today that Apple fans can now enjoy Lara’s second adventure on their iPads and iPhones. Considered by many (including myself) to be the best Tomb Raider game ever made, the iOS release of Tomb Raider II is packed with over 50 unlockable achievements and includes the popular mini-adventure, The Golden Mask. All screenshots above are copyright of Square Enix Ltd. All rights reserved. The game is ... [Continue Reading]

December 3, 2014 // 5 Comments

Tomb Raider 2 Steam Giveaway (Closed)

***** This competition has ended. A huge thanks to everyone who took part and/or promoted it! ***** Winner: Oliver Bray   To celebrate the fact that the Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s Facebook page has breached the 1,500-like mark, I will be giving away a copy of the Core Design classic Tomb Raider 2 to one very lucky winner. All you have to do for a chance to win this fantastic prize is answer 3 questions correctly and submit your answers via the contact form below by 23:59 CET ... [Continue Reading]

May 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Platform Magazine’s Interview with Tomb Raider Composer Nathan McCree

Longtime Tomb Raider fans will no doubt be familiar with the work of Nathan McCree, the critically acclaimed composer and sound effects editor who is best known for his work on the first three Tomb Raider games. Daryl Baxter, a writer for Platform Magazine (Nottingham Trent University’s official student magazine), was fortunate enough to set up an interview with Nathan to find out more about his career in the entertainment industry, his work at Core Design, his thoughts on the reboot ... [Continue Reading]

November 29, 2013 // 4 Comments

Arte-Factual: Buddhist Symbols of Barkhang Monastery (Part 2)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another edition of Arte-Factual! And this time around, we’ll be making the trek back to Barkhang Monastery to look at some of the other Buddhist symbols that can be found throughout the fictional monastery. The Wheel, or “Dharmachakra”: The Buddhist wheel, or dharmachakra, is one of the oldest and most recognizable motifs in Buddhist art and was once used to represent the Buddha himself (human depictions of the Buddha only started ... [Continue Reading]

November 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Arte-Factual: Buddhist Symbols of Barkhang Monastery (Part 1)

Those of you who have known me for a while will probably know that Tomb Raider 2: The Dagger of Xian is (and most likely always will be) my favourite Tomb Raider game. You might also know that I was interested in archaeology and ancient civilizations long before Ms Croft appeared on the game scene in 1996. But did you know that my interest in Tibetan culture was triggered by Tomb Raider 2? Before TR2 was released, Tibet was, in my younger, uninformed mind, a semi-mythical land of snowy ... [Continue Reading]

September 18, 2013 // 19 Comments

Photo: The Great Wall of China

This photo was taken along the Badaling (八达岭) section of the Great Wall during my third visit to the Wall in September 2010. Many choose to avoid this section of the Great Wall, deriding it as too touristy and overdeveloped, but if you’re short on time, Badaling is perhaps one of the easiest sections to get to, especially if you don’t have your own transportation. The Badaling section of the Great Wall was built in 1505 and has been restored on several occasions over the ... [Continue Reading]

July 1, 2013 // 4 Comments

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, which can be found in its entirety on its official CCTV page and on Youtube, covers a period of over 5,000 years of the country’s history, starting with the Neolithic ... [Continue Reading]

May 8, 2013 // 2 Comments