Author: Carly Hilts


Edible Archaeology: Butler’s Field brooch

Tess is an archaeologist, and works with a replica maker, Roland. As a bit of fun, we have been making chocolate replicas from Roland’s moulds. Our version of Mrs Getty’s huge brooch from the Anglo-Saxon grave at Butler’s Field, Gloucestershire (now in Corinium Museum) was moulded from dark chocolate, with edible gold paint. Dr Tess Machling […]

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Edible Archaeology: Frome Hoard

To mark the opening of Oak Furniture Land in Taunton, Cornish cake designers Peboryon were commissioned to create a replica of the Frome Hoard in cake, which was donated to Somerset Museum. Our ‘life-sized’ replica provided 200 servings of delicious carrot cake with orange buttercream. This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 314 […]

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Edible Archaeology: birthday burrowing

My niece organised a wonderful birthday cake depicting me investigating the archaeology of a rabbit burrow, having turfed out the rabbits and a mole. It came complete with trowel, brush, and finds. Maggie Boxer Newport Pagnell This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 313 of Current Archaeology.

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Edible Archaeology: Cookie mortarium

This edible Mortarium was baked by one of our Project Officers, Linzi Everett, for the Suffolk Archaeology Christmas party. Made from cookie dough with nuts as the abrasive grits, it went down very well with the usual copious liquid accompaniment! Stuart Boulter This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 312 of Current Archaeology.


Edible Archaeology: Stonehenge

I thought you might like to see a photo of my two birthday cakes, one made by my son and the other by his daughter Amy. They are ‘before and after’ depictions of Stonehenge, with fudge sarsens and jelly bean bluestones. After these had been eaten, we had the Aubrey Holes. Marion Wells This edition […]


Edible Archaeology: Museum of Cannock Chase YAC

This fabulous cake was made by my friend for our Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) branch’s first birthday. I am joint leader, along with Diane Sanders. To celebrate the milestone, we had a trip to Wroxeter Roman City, where I am also lucky enough to work, and we had a wonderful day. I gave a tour round the […]


Edible Archaeology: Staffordshire Hoard

These are the winning entries of the Great Birmingham Bake-Off, a competition run by Birmingham Museums Trust, seeking the best cakes and biscuits inspired by the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard. After careful consideration by the hoard conservation team, six-year-old Oscar Paul, from Birmingham, was selected as the winner of the children’s category (right), while Tamra Walter, […]

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Edible Archaeology: The Church In The Sea

This year’s 3D Archaeological Society weekend away took us to Anglesey, where we visited some excellent sites including churches, castles, burial mounds, Neolithic villages – and quirky places like St Cwyfan’s, ‘The Church In The Sea’, so called because of the coastal erosion that has left it surrounded by water at high tide. This cake, […]


Edible Archaeology: Aberlemno stone

My daughter made this cake to celebrate Tom Gray receiving an honorary degree from Aberdeen University, awarded primarily for his work photographing the carved stones of Scotland and making this corpus readily available to scholars and institutions. It was also his 91st birthday! The cake shows the carved design of one of the Aberlemno stones, […]


Edible Archaeology : Fitzwalter seal matrix

I am one of the late medieval curators at the British Museum, and I made this cake for a recent staff baking competition. It is meant to be a seal impression of the early 13th century Fitzwalter seal matrix, which is normally held by the British Museum, but is currently on display in the British […]

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