What is archaeology alongside a film crew like? Matthew Symonds found out. There is something different about a Time Team dig. Excavations normally have an air of calm, with people quietly troweling, sectioning features or wrestling with drawing frames. The hustle and bustle comes at tea time, when diggers compete for the best biscuits and [...]
A Roman imperial jigsaw puzzle The discovery of fragmentary remains of several Roman helmets at Hallaton, Leicestershire, set conservators quite a challenge. Now, over a decade later their work is complete. Helen Sharp and Simon James reveal what has been learnt. It is 11 years since a mass of corroded iron was found in a [...]
One summer’s day in 2007 several companions set about an ambitious piece of landscaping in the back garden of their residence in Hackney, Greater London. As their shovels pierced the turf they were likely to have been thinking of the heavy work before them when a chance discovery brought them to a halt; for from [...]
February is the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth. Revered for his vivid descriptions of Victorian London, he is also applauded for drawing attention to the plight of the poorest in society. One of the slums he visited was Jacob’sIsland, which became the backdrop to the thrilling dénouement of Oliver Twist. Yet while the level of [...]
Following his brilliant group tour of Orkney, the theme for Robert Morgan’s Christmas cake had to be Skara Brae. It was the centrepiece of his Christmas dinner and was much admired by all. Sent in by Robert Morgan, featured in issue 264 of Current Archaeology.
The Time Team are back! Join Tony Robinson and friends at a number of noted and less well known archaeological sites across Britain. Expect grubby hands, evocative insights, intriguing discoveries, revealing reconstructions, plenty of arguments amongst the experts and the usual excitement from the team.We are very excited to mark the start of series 19 of the [...]
Helen Sharp’s mother made her this Hallaton Treasure birthday cake featuring Iron Age coins and a Roman helmet. She even went to the trouble of printing off tiny images of the real coins and colouring them gold or silver. Sent in by Helen Sharp, featured in issue 263 of Current Archaeology.
Benn Penny-Mason couldn’t resist the temptation to send in a photo of a cake made with a friend for their boss at this year’s Silchester Insula IX Excavations. Cindy van Zwieten is the Head of Science on site, so fittingly they constructed a ‘micromorph’ cake shaped like a sample from a pit section for her special day. Sent in by Benn Penny-Mason, featured [...]
The chance discovery of a cache of over 3800 Roman coins outside Evesham has raised interesting questions about how accurately we can date finds of this kind. Hoards are typically found in isolated spots, without other archaeological remains, so their date of burial is usually established by when the latest coin was minted. The discovery [...]
Richard Stein works on Roman pumps. His wife had this cake made for my birthday. It is a faithful replica of the Roman wooden pump from Sablon, near Metz, found in 1905. The (very decayed) wooden body is of oak (iced chocolate cake), and the metal liners of the cylinders are of lead (marzipan). [...]
CA recently interviewed Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, on challenges facing the heritage sector, and the new draft National Planning Framework. The National Trust is extremely worried about the new draft National Planning Framework. Do you share their concerns? Absolutely, and we are delighted that the NT is making a [...]
As Rebekah Hart enjoys baking and loves archaeology, she decided to have a go at making an Iron Age roundhouse! Sent in by Rebekah Hart, and featured in issue 260 of Current Archaeology.
This is an image of a cake that was made for one of the previous exhibitions, The Picts Preserved, at Perth Museum. Sent in by Mark Hall, Perth, and featured in issue 259 of Current Archaeology.
On 1 July 2011, it was Mick Aston’s 65th birthday, and his test pitting team (The Winscombe Archaeological Research Project) had a cake made for him by Sasa Donovan, representing a test pit with neatly stacked turfs, and Mick lying down on the job. Sent in By Teresa Hall, featured in issue 258 of [...]
In response to our call for photos of edible archaeology, some students from Exeter University sent in a picture of their Greek Temple they made for their last Art in Ancient Society seminar. Sent in by Julia Tomas and Joanna Law, MA Classics Students, Exeter University.
For Steph Turville’s 21st birthday, her parents had an archaeological birthday cake made for her – the decoration was a Roman fort and possible finds. A week after her birthday she was going to an excavation at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, a joint project between English Heritage and Newcastle University. Steph was one [...]
Here are some fruity shots of Stonehenge and a Celtic cross that show a real zest for archaeology! These pictures were taken in February this year at the Menton Lemon Festival, in Menton, France. The town gardens were filled with amazing life-sized models of historic importance, including: a Roman garden; the Trojan horse; a Viking [...]
The Norfolk Historic Buildings Group celebrated its tenth anniversary in December 2010. Part of the party celebrations included a cake incorporating the group’s logo – Dairy Farm, Tacolneston. Very tasty it was too! Sent in by Ian Hinton, Hon. Membership Secretary, featured in [...]
How Romantic! An archaeologist couple sent us this picture of their wedding cake. Now that’s commitment! Featured in Issue 250 of Current Archaeology
This cake, which was enjoyed at the 3D Archaeological Society Christmas Dinner, is of a ruined Roman floor – complete with hypocaust, mosaic fllor, walls and flues. The border mosaics display the society name, and the creature in black is a smiling squid, which we saw as part of the mosaic floor in the Roman [...]