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). The horizontal steel band (also marzipan) is, of course, modern – put in place by the excavators to keep the block together. He says it seemed such a pity to eat the cake – but that it tasted marvellous!
Sent in by Richard Stein, featured in issue 261 of Current Archaeology.