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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

Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2017

If you’ve always wanted to study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances, time, or suitable classes in your area, web-based MOOCs, or massive open online courses, may be just the thing for you. MOOCs have helped transform education in recent years, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and ... [Continue Reading]

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

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

Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris: First Impressions

Thanks to what I can only assume was a slight boo-boo on my local gamestore’s part, I received my copy of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris (Gold Edition) almost a week ahead of its official release date and ended up spending part of my weekend playing through the first few sections of the game in both single-player and 2-player co-op mode. Without spoiling too much, I thought I’d share my first impressions of the game with you and post some of the screenshots I took in-game. ... [Continue Reading]

December 7, 2014 // 13 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

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

Would You Visit a Fake Tomb?

Egyptian authorities recently announced that a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb will be erected near the Luxor home of Howard Carter, where it will stay until the completion of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza in 2015. Although the real tomb (KV62) will remain open to the public for the time being, the officials hope that the replica will divert tourists away from the original and allow conservators to conduct much-needed repairs to the tomb’s crumbling walls. Work on the replica tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

Lara’s Travels: KV5

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the KV5 level of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation was rather dull and forgettable. There are no real tombs to explore, no noteworthy treasures to find and you spend most of your time driving a jeep through sand dunes, dodging grenades, and avoiding deadly spike pits. Perhaps the level designers just didn’t realize that the real KV5 would turn out to be the largest tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. KV5, which stands for ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2013 // 5 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 Egypt 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! ********* 1) The Egyptiana Emporium – This blog is run by Gemma, an Egyptology graduate, and was one of the most popular blogs at the time of writing. The main focus of the blog is on Egyptological news, the examination of museum pieces, and the author’s own research but readers will enjoy ... [Continue Reading]

September 15, 2013 // 17 Comments