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Article: Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema

In his article Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema, historian Mark A. Hall looks at how archaeology and archaeologists are depicted in popular cinema and considers how the recurring themes of cultural appropriation, cultural imperialism, and emphasis on “treasured objects” create a somewhat skewed and negative view of the profession. Among the films examined are the original Indiana Jones trilogy, the Mummy film series, and, of course, the two Tomb Raider films. Ms ... [Continue Reading]

March 16, 2013 // 6 Comments

Which Tomb Raider Location Would You Love to Explore in Real Life?

If you had the money and means to explore any of the places featured in the Tomb Raider games, films, or comics, where would you go? Would you visit the stunning temples of Angkor, explore the frozen expanses of Antarctica, wander through the urban wildernesses of London and Tokyo, or do a spot of mountain climbing in Peru? Feel free to let us know what is on your Tomb Raider travel wishlist by leaving your comments below! You can learn more about the places Lara Croft has visited over ... [Continue Reading]

March 14, 2013 // 20 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is on Facebook and Twitter

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider now has its own Facebook page and Twitter account! Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/archaeologyoftombraider Twitter – @TombRaiderArch Feel free to “like” the page and/or follow me on Twitter to find out when new articles have been published on the blog and stay up to date with all the latest Tomb Raider and/or archaeology news. Visit the Follow on Social Media page to learn about all the ways you can follow The Archaeology of Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

March 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Have you ever had the urge to follow in Lara’s footsteps and learn to read Egyptian hieroglyphs? If so, you may be interested to know that there are a number of useful, free online resources at your disposal. These, if used in combination with a good textbook such as James P. Allen’s Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs [Buy it on Amazon/Amazon UK] or Mark Collier and Bill Manley’s How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs [Buy it on ... [Continue Reading]

March 11, 2013 // 25 Comments

Have Archaeologists Discovered Himiko’s Tomb?

Queen Himiko (卑弥呼) and her kingdom, Yamatai (or  Yamatai-koku) (邪馬台国), play a central role in Tomb Raider 2013. But did you know that in February 2013, a group of researchers were granted access to a burial mound in Sakurai (桜井), Nara Prefecture, Japan, which may be the actual final resting place of this mysterious queen? The location of Yamatai-koku is a subject of intense debate within Japanese archaeological circles. Some believe that it was located as far south as Okinawa ... [Continue Reading]

March 11, 2013 // 7 Comments

Welcome!

Welcome to The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, a blog which will offer news and information about some of the archaeological sites, artefacts, and ancient cultures featured in the Tomb Raider video game series and films. I’ve been meaning to start a Tomb Raider-related blog for several years and now that there’s a new game out in the shops, I thought this was the perfect time to embark on this little adventure. Please keep in mind that the primary focus of this blog is archaeology ... [Continue Reading]

March 10, 2013 // 1 Comment