This is a picture of the 80th birthday cake that I made for my father, Roger Ayers.  He and my mother, Lesley, have volunteered on Reading University’s Silchester  dig every summer since 1999, living on site in their caravan. My father has dug every  year, but my mother switched to the finds hut some years ago, where she is treasured  for the neatness of her pot-marking. We have eaten the whole cake, except Roger from  the trench and Lesley with  her tray of finds, as my  parents have a problem — do they eat each other or  themselves? Whichever it  is, they intend to be back  again this summer.

Judy Rumbold

This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 278 of  Current Archaeology.

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