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7/27/2014
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Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much real and may have been home to some of the first humans to settle in North America during the last Ice Age. And while there may not be rivers of molten gold flowing under the Aleutian Islands, the islands’ real-life history and archaeological remains more than make up for it.

Continue reading “Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands”…

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7/26/2014
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Extra Life 2014

This year, I will be joining the Team Tomb Raider Community and the hundreds of other gamers who have signed up to take part in Extra Life 2014, the largest charitable fundraising event in the gaming world!

I wrote a short piece about Extra Life last year but for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a 24-hour game marathon held in support ofChildren’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America and is a fantastic way for gamers to raise money for sick kids and their families by doing what they love best: playing video games.

Last year, the Team Tomb Raider Community raised a whopping $2,809 for charity and, with your help, we hope to top that figure this year. I haven’t decided yet whether I will stream my gaming online (this depends on time and technical restrictions) but I plan to spend the weekend playing a variety of games, ranging from the “classic” Tomb Raider games to the less taxing puzzle games on Facebook, and will live-blog/tweet about my (mis)adventures as they happen.

This year’s event will be held on the weekend of 25th October 2014, though participants also have the option of dividing the 24 hours between two or more days or choosing a day that suits them. People can, however, donate money at any time in the lead-up to Extra Life 2014 so if you have a few dollars/pounds/euros to spare and would like to do your part to help sick kids and their families in their time of need, you can make your donation online via my fundraising page.

All donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds will go straight to the hospital of my choice, the Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. Every little helps, so please consider sharing this link with your friends, family, and followers.

And if you’d like to learn more about Extra Life, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter. Thanks so much for reading this and for showing your support. Let’s do this for the kids!

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7/24/2014
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A throwback to the Tomb Raider games of old: the rotating chamber in the Last Revelation level, Burial Chambers.
If you’d like to learn more about the real-life art, artefacts, and places seen in the Tomb Raider games, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider!
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

A throwback to the Tomb Raider games of old: the rotating chamber in the Last Revelation level, Burial Chambers.

If you’d like to learn more about the real-life art, artefacts, and places seen in the Tomb Raider games, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider!

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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7/23/2014
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7/22/2014
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If you haven’t been able to get your hands on any of the new Tomb Raider comics so far, you’ll be happy to know that Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the first six issues as a trade paperback, Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch, later this year.
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If you haven’t been able to get your hands on any of the new Tomb Raider comics so far, you’ll be happy to know that Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the first six issues as a trade paperback, Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch, later this year.

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7/20/2014
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Stella, of Stella’s Tomb Raider Site fame, talks about her love for Tomb Raider and shares her thoughts on the franchise’s past, present, and future in our latest fan interview!

Continue reading “In the Spotlight: Stella”….

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7/17/2014
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Long-time readers of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will probably be familiar with my series, Lara’s Travels, which looks at the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex which may have been the inspiration forTomb Raider 1′s St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Lara’s globetrotting adventures have inspired many to follow in her footsteps and see these famous landmarks for themselves. And here are 5 bloggers who have done just that:

Continue reading “5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps”…

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7/15/2014
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The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has been running a series of fan interviews over the past few months and has put over 30 fans from all around the world in the spotlight.
Our latest interviewee is Findlay G, a 15-year-old fan with a passion for Tomb Raider, computers, and technology.
You can find a full archive of fan interviews here!

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has been running a series of fan interviews over the past few months and has put over 30 fans from all around the world in the spotlight.

Our latest interviewee is Findlay G, a 15-year-old fan with a passion for Tomb Raider, computers, and technology.

You can find a full archive of fan interviews here!

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7/14/2014
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Read my review of Mike Resnick’s novel, Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, over the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

Read my review of Mike Resnick’s novel, Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, over the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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7/13/2014
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The metal inrō, one of the collectible items hidden throughout Tomb Raider 2013’s Shantytown section.
To learn more about the use and function of inrō in traditional Japanese culture, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

The metal inrō, one of the collectible items hidden throughout Tomb Raider 2013’s Shantytown section.

To learn more about the use and function of inrō in traditional Japanese culture, visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

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7/11/2014
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When I first played Tomb Raider 1 back in 1996, I never realized how many real-life Pre-Columbian (and other) artefacts could be spotted throughout the game’s Peru levels. Some of them, such as the Chimú bird carving, were already familiar to me as I had studied Peruvian art and archaeology for a GCSE art project. But it wasn’t until I started working on this blog and replaying this 1996 classic that I began to notice that the game’s graphics artists had also, perhaps unwittingly, incorporated Maya and Aztec motifs and artefacts in the design of their lost Inca city.**

One such example of a misplaced artefact is this statue depicting the Aztec maize goddess, Chicomecoatl, which can be found in one of the side chambers of Qualopec’s tomb.

Statue of Aztec maize goddess seen in Tomb Raider 1

Statue of Aztec maize goddess seen in Tomb Raider 1 (Image credit: Kelly M)

Continue reading “Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 1: Aztec Maize Goddess”…
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7/8/2014
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It’s All Greek to Me: Ancient Greek Art in the Tomb Raider Series

Since its launch in 2013, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has published several articles on Ancient Greece and its art. If you’re interested in learning more about the Greek art and artefacts seen in the Tomb Raider games, feel free to check out the following!

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Ancient Greek Wrestlers

This scene of ancient Greek wrestlers can be found in Tomb Raider 1’s Colosseum level and is modelled on a funerary relief housed in Athen’s National Archaeological Museum. [Continue reading…]

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Athenian Owl Figurine

This beautiful artefact can be found in Tomb Raider: Anniversary and is based on a Proto-Corinthian aryballos (not an Athenian artefact as the name incorrectly suggests). [Continue reading…]

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Minoan Dolphin Fresco

Although not technically Greek, this well-known Minoan fresco was discovered at the Palace of Knossos in Crete and can be seen throughout the Greek levels of Tomb Raider 1. [Continue reading….]

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Mask of Tornarsuk

This fictional Inuit golden mask was actually modelled after the so-called “Mask of Agamemnon”, which was discovered at Mycenae, Greece, by Heinrich Schliemann. [Continue reading…]

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Lara’s Travels: Meteora

Tomb Raider 1’s St Francis’ Folly may be a fictional location but similar mountain-top monasteries can be found at Meteora in central Greece. [Continue reading…]

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Remember, folks, you can find many more articles on the art and archaeology of Tomb Raider over on the blog!

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7/6/2014
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Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to interview Tomb Raider fans and fan site owners from around the world and it never ceases to amaze me how this best-selling video game series has inspired so many from all walks of life.

You can find a complete list of interviews over at the Archaeology of Tomb Raider blog!

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7/5/2014
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7/5/2014
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Temple of Xian - Dragons

Here there be dragons…