I was inspired to make these biscuits after seeing pictures of the latest finds from the Staffordshire Hoard (CA 276) – at first glance, with all the mud still caked on, I thought they looked like gingerbread! I’ve always enjoyed making and decorating gingerbread, and when my flatmate introduced me to ‘Edible Archaeology’, it was challenge accepted! I cut out the shapes by hand and then covered the entire biscuit with gold icing before chipping away bits to reveal the gingerbread ‘mud’. The ‘garnets’ are glacé cherries.
This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 279 of Current Archaeology.