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Mick and his Test Pit

  On 1 July 2011, it was Mick Aston’s 65th birthday, and his test pitting team (The Winscombe Archaeological Research Project) had a cake made for him by Sasa Donovan, representing a test pit with neatly stacked turfs, and Mick lying down on the job. Sent in By Teresa Hall, featured in issue 258 of […]

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Greek Temple

In response to our call for photos of edible archaeology, some students from Exeter University sent in a picture of their Greek Temple they made for their last Art in Ancient Society seminar. Sent in by Julia Tomas and Joanna Law, MA Classics Students, Exeter University.

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Roman Fort

For Steph Turville’s 21st birthday, her parents had an archaeological birthday cake made for her — the decoration was a Roman fort and possible finds. A week after her birthday she was going to an excavation at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, a joint project between English Heritage and Newcastle University. Steph was one […]

Lemon Festival

Zesty Archaeology

Here are some fruity shots of Stonehenge and a Celtic cross that show a real zest for archaeology! These pictures were taken in February this year at the Menton Lemon Festival, in Menton, France. The town gardens were filled with amazing life-sized models of historic importance, including: a Roman garden; the Trojan horse; a Viking […]


Dairy Farm

                        The Norfolk Historic Buildings Group celebrated its tenth anniversary in December 2010.  Part of the party celebrations included a cake incorporating the group’s logo – Dairy Farm, Tacolneston.  Very tasty it was too! Sent in by Ian Hinton, Hon. Membership Secretary, featured in […]

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Edible Archaeology: Wedding cake

  How Romantic!  An archaeologist couple sent us this picture of their wedding cake.  Now that’s commitment! This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 250 of Current Archaeology.


Edible Archaeology: Roman villa mosaic floor

This cake, which was enjoyed at the 3D Archaeological Society Christmas Dinner, is of a ruined Roman floor – complete with hypocaust, mosaic floor, walls and flues. The border mosaics display the society name, and the creature in black is a smiling squid, which we saw as part of the mosaic floor in the Roman […]



  This cake is in the form of a section, with turf and layers, and a trowel beside it. It was made by Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society member Nicola Turton for a farewell party for a previous chairman, Tim Herrington. It was delicious! Sent in by Barbara Applin, featured in CA254


Time Team book competition now closed

To celebrate the return of Time Team to our screens,  Current Archaeology has offered the chance to win two Team Team books. Competition closed!! Thanks to all our entrants for the overwhelming response we have received, proving once again Time Team’s place in the nation’s heart. The winners who correctly identified five members of Time […]


Time Team Season 2011 coming soon!

We are delighted to announce that Time Team will return to the small screen very soon!  The new series of the long-running and much beloved archaeology programme will air on Channel 4 from February this year. Tony Robinson and the trusty team (including Professor Mick Aston) will be raising their trowels once more to grace […]