Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

The remains of Richard III are to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral – likely next spring – a judicial review concluded today (23 May). Addressing crowds of journalists in the cathedral, shortly after the High Court handed down their decision at 10am, the Rt Rvd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, announced that the judges  had […]

SHARP cake

Edible Archaeology: Sedgeford Hoard

This chocolate cake is a copy of the Sedgeford Hoard, a group of 32 ‘Gallo-Belgic E’ staters that were found stacked inside a cow bone in west Norfolk in 2003. It is one of the most famous finds made by the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP). The cake was baked by Erica Darch […]


Edible Archaeology: The Staffordshire Hoard

I thought you might be inter-ested to see this edible replica of K377, a pyramid mount from the Staffordshire Hoard. The cake was made by Alex Cantrill to celebrate the birthday of the hoard’s Conservation Manager, Pieta Greaves — and yes, it did taste as good as it looked! All of us at Birmingham Museum […]

gingerbread man

Edible Archaeology: Rhynie Woman

  In the summer of 2013, the artist collaborative  ‘Rhynie Woman’ received a grant  from the Huntly Cultural Fund to provide  a pop-up hub with a coffee and souvenir  shop and community museum, to run  alongside the Rhynie excavations [see  feature on p.22]. We wanted to engage the  locals, entice tourists, and nourish the diggers, […]

Sheffield castle cake

Edible Archaeology: Sheffield Castle

With hopes of excavating the remains of Sheffield Castle high, due to the forthcoming demolition of market buildings that currently stand on the site, a new group, Friends of Sheffield Castle (http://friendsofsheffieldcastle.org.uk), has been formed to research the castle, raise its profile, and contribute to decisions on the future of its site. Enthused by the […]


Edible Archaeology: Llanmelin hillfort

This is our wedding cake, which depicts Llanmelin hillfort in Wales (CA 277). I am currently a leader of the South East Wales Young Archaeologists’ Club, having joined the branch when it opened in 1995. I studied History at the University of Wales Newport, and archaeology and heritage with Leicester, while my husband Paul — […]

Carlisle Castle

Edible Archaeology: Carlisle Castle

I made this model as part of this year’s Carlisle Pageant celebrations, since the castle and the custard cream are two massive parts of the city’s heritage — and it just seemed right up our street to do something a little crazy. It took a few weeks for me to plan how many biscuits to […]


Mick Aston: Time Team remembers

When we invited Mick’s Time Team colleagues to contribute to our commemorative article, we were inundated with warm words and loving memories.   Tim Taylor Time Team Series Producer and creator After 23 years of friendship and working with Mick, it is hard to summarise my thoughts about the lovely man, but I will give […]


Remembering Mick Aston

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. Familiar to millions for his work on Time Team, Mick’s passion for archaeology and gentle good humour inspired countless viewers to follow in his footsteps. A longstanding friend of Current Archaeology, we were thrilled when he started writing […]


Exclusive interview – Mick Aston: an archaeological journey

Real-life Archaeologists rarely become household names. Mick Aston is an exception. A defining voice in the development of Time Team and stalwart of the show since its first season in 1994, Mick’s resignation earlier this year ignited a media firestorm. He was in the news again in July after receiving a lifetime achievement award at […]

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