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July 30, 2003

Profiles in archaeology: Lara Croft

This is the first in a new, intermittent Flea-feature, Profiles in Archaeology. Today's featured archaeologist is Lara Croft.


Lara Croft, daughter of Lord Henshingly Croft was born in England, February 14th 1967. She was raised to be an aristocrat from birth, and had lived in luxury aloof from the world at large. From the age of 3 Lara began her learning with a private tutor. Lara attended Wimbledon High School for girls at the age of 11. At 16 her parents decided she should broaden her education by studying at Gordonstoun, one of England's most prominent boarding schools. One day Lara came across a copy of National Geographic on the hall table.

The rest is history. Ancient history! (I should have mentioned I am wearing a smoking jacket and sitting in a leather wing chair as I dictate this. Imagine the Flea leaning forward and raising an eyebrow.)

Lady Croft was recently sighted driving at great-speed along the Great Wall. And this despite restrictions on just this sort of enthusiastic behaviour. Gun-play, base-jumping from office buildings and skin-tight suits. Such is the Flea's workaday life in the high-stakes, fast-paced world of archaeology.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 30, 2003 12:21 PM