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Jean-Yves Empereur: A Career in Ruins

“All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” How often have we seen these words appear on the big screen, on TV, or in print? But oddly enough, there was one occasion where the resemblance to a fictional character in a Tomb Raider game was perhaps a little too close for comfort. Does the name Jean Yves ring any bells? In 2001, the Alexandria-based Egyptologist and archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur ... [Continue Reading]

August 2, 2013 // 6 Comments

Unearthed: 28th July 2013

Blogs & Articles: Wat, like Tomb Raider? (Some Well Travelled Sandals) Emily channels her inner Lara Croft as she explores the beautiful Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Day of Archaeology 2013: A Day in the Life of Bones Don’t Lie (Bones Don’t Lie) Fellow Tomb Raider fan Katy does her part to raise public awareness of the awesomeness of archaeology by taking part in this year’s Day of Archaeology. The history and “secrets” of Antarctica (Unearthed) In Tomb Raider 3, ... [Continue Reading]

July 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

Unearthed: 24th July 2013

Born in Bloody Tombs (Once Upon a Loading Screen) Harald Hagen shares his thoughts on the Tomb Raider reboot and its take on Lara’s origin story. Ladies I Love: Part 2 – Rhona Mitra (Pfangirl Through the Looking Glass) Noelle writes a tribute to British actress and former official Lara Croft model, Rhona Mitra. BBC America to Co-Produce ‘Atlantis’ Drama Series (Hollywood Reporter) BBC and BBC America are co-producing a 13-part action-packed drama series based on the ... [Continue Reading]

July 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Unearthed: 23rd June 2013

Archaeology Blog: Back in the Trenches (GraecoMuse) Real archaeology may not be anything like the “archaeology” depicted in the Tomb Raider games but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and good fun, as Jenni’s latest blog post shows. High-tech inspired insights into Japan’s ancient ‘Kofun’ burial mounds (Phys.Org) Japanese archaeologist Izumi Niiro talks about the high-tech techniques he’s using to study and survey kofun (古墳) ... [Continue Reading]

June 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sunken Civilizations: Heracleion

Underwater archaeological sites and ruins can be found throughout the world. One such example is Heracleion near the city of Alexandria on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. From Franck Goddio’s website: Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality. Before the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC, the city knew glorious times as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world. It had also a religious ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2013 // 2 Comments

Archaeology News – 13th to 19th May 2013

Africa: Al Ruwaida site yields unique archaeological find (Gulf News) Alexandria plans for a new maritime museum (Al-Shorfa) Cemetery Reveals Baby-Making Season in Ancient Egypt (Live Science) Earliest Evidence of Hunting by Human Ancestors Found in Kenya (Sci-News) Skeleton of a Roman warrior unearthed in south Egypt (Ahram Online) Asia: 15 antique items seized‚ one held (The Himalayan Times) Agriculture in China Predates Domesticated Rice: Discovery of Ancient Diet Shatters Conventional ... [Continue Reading]

May 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Archaeology News – 8th to 14th April 2013

Africa : Archaeologists Find Earliest Evidence of Humans Cooking With Fire (Discover Magazine) Egypt’s King Khufu’s harbour in Suez discovered (Ahram Online) Asia : 2012 a peak year for [Chinese] archaeologists (CNTV) 4,000-Year-Old Relics Unearthed on Banks of Narmada (IBTraveller) Ancient tomb found in Lujiang, China (China Daily) Ancient tomb raided hours after it was discovered (China Daily) Archaeologists on front lines of protecting ancient culture in turbulent regions ... [Continue Reading]

April 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Daily Links: 12th April 2013

Tomb Raider – A Masterpiece Reboot (The Tomb Raider HQ Archives) Brandon shares his thoughts on the new Tomb Raider game. (Author’s comment: Perhaps one of the most thorough reviews I’ve read so far. Be sure to check out the rest of his website!) So you want to read hieroglyphs? (Seshat’s Journal) Nickytoo gives some tips for learning how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs. (Author’s comment: If you’re looking for a cheap way to learn some basic Middle Egyptian, ... [Continue Reading]

April 12, 2013 // 0 Comments