This is a cake model of the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne, Dorset. We are an education centre where schools and other groups can experience the ways people might have lived in the past, and our structures are based on archaeological evidence, reconstructed using traditional tools, skills, and methods.
As you look at the photo, the top row (L-R) shows a Viking longhouse, Iron Age earthhouse, Neolithic log cabin, and Iron Age roundhouse, while the bottom row has a Roman waterwheel, Saxon sunken building, Roman forge, and Iron Age ditch. We have an annual Viking weekend in July when Viking re-enactors come to the ATC and I bake a different model cake each year.
Briony Storm Clifton
This edition of Edible Archaeology appeared in issue 273 of Current Archaeology.