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Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 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

Society for American Archaeology Publishes Magazine on Video Games & Archaeology

If you’re interested in the up-and-coming academic discipline of “archaeogaming”, you should check out the Society for American Archaeology’s November 2016 magazine (which can be downloaded as a PDF here or read online). This special issue is devoted to the study of video games and archaeology (or “archaeogaming”) and features articles by some of the leading researchers in the field. Of particular interest to visitors to this site is L. Meghan ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2016 // 5 Comments

Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2016

How many times have you wished you could study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances or suitable classes in your area? Well, thanks to the magic of online learning, you needn’t let distance or budgetary concerns stop you from indulging your passion for the past. Web-based MOOCs (or massive open online courses) have helped transform education, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2016 // 3 Comments

5 Fantastic Online Resources on Norse Mythology

Valhalla, Mjölnir, Asgard, Thor, Helheim... All of these names will be familiar to those who have played Tomb Raider: Underworld or are fans of Marvel Comics’ long-running Thor comic-book series. But if you’re longing to learn more about the Norse myths and legends that helped inspire the narrative of TR:U, check out the five fantastic websites and online databases listed below! 1) Wikipedia’s Norse Mythology section – Wikipedia has its faults but you ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organizations, video games are responsible for many of modern-day’s social ills. They glorify violence, promote sexism, and can turn us into dangerous loners who can go off on a murderous rampage at the drop of a hat. Not only are these absurd claims completely unfounded, they do a real disservice to the gaming industry as a whole. Like the film and television industries, games can be whatever their developers want them to be. ... [Continue Reading]

September 28, 2014 // 7 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

5 TED Talks on Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

The Tomb Raider games may have whet your appetite for all things ancient but if you really want to indulge your inner archaeologist, you should put down your game controller and find out what the experts have to say about this exciting field of study. From the use of 3D laser scanning in site preservation to the ongoing search for the origins of our species, these five TED talks offer unique insights into how 21st century archaeology and anthropology are conducted.** 1) Sarah Parcak: ... [Continue Reading]

April 15, 2014 // 4 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources on Aztec Mythology

In the co-op action/adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara and the Aztec warrior Totec find themselves in a race against time to stop Xolotl, the Keeper of Darkness, from destroying the world. Players may come across a number of relics throughout the game that are named after Aztec gods and mythological creatures, such as the Mask of Tezcatlipoca and Eye of Cipactli. But if you can’t tell your Cihuacoatls from your Huitzilopochtlis, you may find the following ... [Continue Reading]

March 2, 2014 // 7 Comments

Why I Blog About Archaeology (and Tomb Raider)

Doug, author of the blog Doug’s Archaeology, will be hosting a blogging carnival on the subject of archaeology and blogging in the lead-up to next year’s Society for American Archaeology (SAA) conference. Each month, Doug will post a question on his blog and invite other bloggers to share their thoughts and opinions on certain issues. This sounded like a fantastic initiative to address the role of blogging in archaeology so I decided to join in the fun and share my own (dare I say ... [Continue Reading]

November 6, 2013 // 13 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Maya Glyphs

Do you have a passion for Maya archaeology and fancy learning how to read Maya glyphs? While there are a number of books you can buy, such as Michael D.Coe and Mark Van Stone’s Reading the Maya Glyphs (buy this on Amazon/Amazon UK), you might also want to check out these 5 fantastic and completely free online resources, especially if you’re on a tight budget. 1) Writing in Maya Glyphs: A Non-Technical Introduction to Maya Glyphs – This two-part booklet by Mark Pitts is ... [Continue Reading]

October 13, 2013 // 11 Comments

Why We Love Ancient Languages

Earlier this week, I published a post titled “Why Study a Dead Language?”, which included an excerpt of Josephine Livingstone’s article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”. Apart from a few failed attempts to learn Middle Egyptian, I can’t really say I’ve tried to learn any “dead” languages, so I asked a few readers and followers on social media to share their experiences and reasons for learning Latin, Old English, and other ancient ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2013 // 4 Comments

Why Study a Dead Language?

In her article “Why You Should Learn a Dead Language”, academic Josephine Livingstone argues that there is still some value in learning dead (or extinct) languages such as Latin, Old English, and Sanskrit as they allow us access to a vast body of ancient literature and can even make it easier for people to acquire other modern languages. Sometimes we need to remember, however, that there are reasons for learning extinct languages beyond boarding-school nostalgia or a burning desire ... [Continue Reading]

September 16, 2013 // 11 Comments

10 Biographies of Early Female Archaeologists & Explorers

I’ve always thought of Lara Croft as a modern-day “romantic explorer”, albeit one who’s armed to the teeth and equipped with all the latest high-tech gadgetry. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure drives her to explore ancient ruins and remote lands in search of priceless artefacts and long-lost civilizations. But she is not alone in her quest. Women have been blazing trails through foreign lands and archaeology long before she was a twinkle in Toby ... [Continue Reading]

August 28, 2013 // 17 Comments

The University of Manchester’s Short Courses in Egyptology

Would you love to study Egyptology but are unable to commit to a degree programme? Or do you want to focus on just one specific aspect of Ancient Egyptian history or culture? If so, you may be interested in the University of Manchester’s short courses in Egyptology. These non-credit bearing courses are 10 weeks long (6 weeks of taught modules plus 4 weeks to allow for late completion and further discussion) and are taught entirely online through a combination of video lectures, written ... [Continue Reading]

July 25, 2013 // 9 Comments