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8 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following

If you’re looking for some quality blogs on Ancient Egyptian history, language, or art, then look no further. All of the blogs listed below have been handpicked for their educational value, originality, and accessibility to the general public. Please note that this is an updated (and slightly expanded) version of the list I published back in September 2013. Blogs come and go. Some have vanished off the face of the Earth since the original list was published and new ones have risen up in ... [Continue Reading]

March 6, 2018 // 5 Comments

Survivor Reborn Takes Lara Croft on an Egyptian Adventure

Survivor Reborn admin Lori and her husband Jay recently spent ten incredible days in Egypt and brought along their Rock Candy Lara Croft figure, who was more than happy to pose for photos in front of some of the country’s key attractions. From the pyramids at Giza to the Graeco-Roman ruins of Alexandria, from the banks of the Nile to the majestic temple ruins of Karnak, from the sun-beaten Valley of the Kings to the treasure-filled halls of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Lori and Jay ... [Continue Reading]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Arte-Factual: Lara’s Hieroglyphics Worksheet

The recently-released Blood Ties DLC gave Tomb Raider fans a glimpse into Lara Croft’s childhood and her family history. Not only did we get to learn a little more about her enigmatic parents, we also got to find out what the younger Croft used to do in her spare time. One of the collectible documents found within Croft Manor is Lara’s old hieroglyphics worksheet, which proved useful for deciphering one of the manor’s safe combination codes. As a child, Lara apparently ... [Continue Reading]

October 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Gods & Monsters: Ammit

The highly-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris has finally hit the stores and those of you who’ve already played the game will no doubt be familiar with at least some of the game’s key enemies and level bosses. In the last edition of Gods & Monsters, we had a look at the evil snake demon, Apep, who can be found wreaking havok in the Tomb of the Silversmith. This time around, we’ll be taking a look at the female demon Ammit, the “Devourer of ... [Continue Reading]

December 12, 2014 // 8 Comments

[Closed] Win a Copy of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris on Steam!

*** This competition has now closed. Thanks for participating! *** December is turning out to be quite an epic month for Tomb Raider fans. Not only were Apple fans treated to an iOS version of the classic game, Tomb  Raider II, the highly-anticipated co-op adventure-shooter Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris has finally come to the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. And what’s more, TR Community Manager Meagan Marie has given me a Steam code for the PC version of Temple of Osiris. ... [Continue Reading]

December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Q&A with Scot Amos

Square Enix hosted a live Q&A session with Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Executive Producer Scot Amos over on the official Tomb Raider forum on 25th November 2014. Over the course of the hour-long session, Scot took the opportunity to answer many of the fans’ questions about the upcoming game, its gameplay features, and the future of the Lara Croft spin-off series. Here’s a short selection of questions and answers from the live Q&A session: (Author’s note: ... [Continue Reading]

November 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

Gods & Monsters: Apep

This blog post is dedicated to John T, author of the blog JhnWrites About Games, as a way of saying “thank you” for his generous donation towards my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts. Thanks, John! I hope you don’t have a phobia of snakes… In their second developer diary “Puzzles 101”, Executive Producer Scot Amos and Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs introduced us to another of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris’s growing cast of antagonists: ... [Continue Reading]

November 20, 2014 // 5 Comments

Oh My Gods! 5 Online Guides to Egyptian Gods and Religion

Back in March, I compiled a little list of online resources on Aztec mythology for those who wanted to learn more about Xolotl and the other gods mentioned in the popular co-op game, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light. And now that the Egypt-centric Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris is heading our way later this year, I thought it fitting to put together a list of some of my favourite online guides to Ancient Egyptian gods, goddesses, and religion. So here are my top 5 suggestions in ... [Continue Reading]

July 2, 2014 // 10 Comments

Lara Croft Heads Back to Egypt in “Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris”

UPDATE: The game now has an official launch date, 9th December 2014, and Square Enix have confirmed that it will be available for the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One only. A number of gameplay demos can be found over on IGN’s website. If the announcement about the follow-up to Tomb Raider 2013 wasn’t enough, you’ll be glad to hear that Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will also be releasing a sequel to the popular co-op game, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light in the ... [Continue Reading]

June 10, 2014 // 6 Comments

Arte-Factual: The Dendera Zodiac (The Last Revelation)

It seems that everyone is going crazy for Katy Perry’s latest music video, Dark Horse, which presents a very colourful, if somewhat inaccurate, view of Ancient Egypt. So I thought I’d jump on the latest “Egyptomania” bandwagon and look at a famous sculpture that can be seen in the Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation level, Cleopatra’s Palaces. Perhaps you may recall seeing a large blue disc painted on (or carved out of) the ceiling of one of the rooms in the palace ... [Continue Reading]

February 26, 2014 // 8 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt (CLOSED)

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page has hit the 1,000-like mark and to celebrate this milestone, I’m launching a brand new competition: The Archaeology of Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt. Since I don’t have any official Tomb Raider merchandise to give away, I will once again be giving away three books from my personal library to three lucky readers (i.e. one book per person). The books are pre-owned but are in good condition. The three books I’ll be giving away are The ... [Continue Reading]

December 20, 2013 // 9 Comments

Photo Gallery: Jean Michel Thery’s Tomb Raider Models

If you’ve been visiting the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page recently, you may have seen some photos of an Ancient Egyptian-themed Tomb Raider model. This beautiful work of art was created by Jean Michel Thery and since he doesn’t have his own blog or website, I offered to share his photos on this blog. Jean Michel was born and raised in Lille, France, and now lives in Belgium. He retired a few years ago and devotes most of his free time to DIY, archery, playing video games, ... [Continue Reading]

December 13, 2013 // 8 Comments

And the Winners of the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Sweepstake Are….

The first Archaeology of Tomb Raider sweepstake competition has now come to an end! It’s been a huge success with over 80 people from around the world competing for the chance to win either a copy of Lesley and Roy Adkin’s The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs or Barbara Watterson’s Gods of Ancient Egypt. Thank you all so much for participating and for spreading the word about the competition on Facebook and other social media. You guys rock. 🙂 And now, ... [Continue Reading]

October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Photo Gallery: Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures

Taking some time out from writing about the Tomb Raider series to share some of the photos I took at the Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures exhibition in Brussels back in June 2011. All of the items shown below are replicas of the grave goods and coffins that Howard Carter and his team found in tomb KV62 in November 1922. Over 1,000 replicas were crafted by some of Egypt’s finest craftsmen who used traditional techniques to recreate many of the young king’s treasures to stunning ... [Continue Reading]

September 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

7 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following

Are you interested in Ancient Egyptian history and art and looking for some quality blogs to read? Then look no further. Here are seven Egyptology blogs that get the Archaeology of Tomb Raider stamp of approval! Note: There is an updated list of Egyptology blogs in the article “8 Egyptology Blogs You Should Be Following” (published in March 2018). ********* 1) The Egyptiana Emporium – This blog is run by Gemma, an Egyptology graduate, and was one of the most popular blogs at ... [Continue Reading]

September 15, 2013 // 17 Comments