Nicola Turton (pictured) made this cake for the Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society’s 40th birthday. It illustrates various aspects of the Society’s work over the years, including a weaving comb from the Iron Age site at Viables Farm, iron dividers from the Iron Age settlement at Ructstalls Hill, and what we had hoped to find — but didn’t — in the Bronze Age round barrow at Buckskin (see CA 146). There is also a Roman roof tile from Silchester (where some members take part in training excavations), the Basingstoke cursus — still looking for that — a Cave Canem mosaic recalling a Society trip to Pompeii, and vitrified Tudor bricks representing Basing House. It was all edible, and it was delicious!
Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society
This edition of Edible Archaeology appeared on the Letters page in issue 271 of Current Archaeology.