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Archaeology News – 18th to 24th March 2013

Encroachment Continues on Egypt’s Archaeological Sites, Al-Bordan (Ahram Online) Egyptian archaeologists and the local antiquities police have succeeded in halting illegal construction works at the Al-Bordan archaeological site, which is located on the Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh highway. They are now pressing charges against a contractor company which is believed to be responsible for the damage caused to many of the site’s Graeco-Roman structures. New Archaeological Site Found in ... [Continue Reading]

March 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

What’s It Like to Study… Egyptology

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study Egyptology at university? If so, check out Gemma Smith’s article about her experiences as a student of Egyptology at Swansea University! This article was originally published on the Independent’s website as part of its 2012 Fresher’s Guide and is full of practical advice for budding Egyptologists. A short excerpt can be found below: “If you had asked me on A Level results day “Where do you see yourself in ten ... [Continue Reading]

March 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Snow Leopard Trust Needs Your Vote!

UPDATE: The Snow Leopard Trust won the grant! A massive thanks to those of you who voted for the Trust. The snow leopards of India now have a fighting chance of survival thanks to you and the efforts of the Trust and its local partners. If you wish, you can continue to support the Snow Leopard Trust by visiting their website, adopting a snow leopard, or buying something from their online store. If, like me, you’ve ever felt guilty about killing an endangered animal whilst playing Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

March 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham and Modern-Day Explorers

On 24th July 1911, the Yale archaeologist and intrepid explorer Hiram Bingham III caught his first glimpse of the remote Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during an expedition to find the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the beleaguered Inca Empire. Although it’s now thought that the site had been visited (and plundered) by others before him, Bingham is credited with bringing Machu Picchu to the world’s attention. Over the years that followed, however, thousands of artefacts ... [Continue Reading]

March 17, 2013 // 8 Comments

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