Author: Carly Hilts

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Edible Archaeology: Must Farm

The excavations at Must Farm have been talk of the town at Historic England HQ, and the world over! To celebrate the incredible Bronze Age discoveries and final press call I baked a Must Farm Mud Cake for the team and submitted it to the Festival of Archaeology’s #archaeobake competition. Celia Knight Historic England This […]


Edible Archaeology: Vindolanda

This Castellum Francorum was created for the 90th birthday of Frank Brudenell, long time enthusiast of Roman military history and Hadrian’s Wall. It is based on a Peter Connelly plan of the fort of Vindolanda, with all the various types of building differentiated, but with the handy addition of an external bath-house!  Frank is a key member of […]

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Edible Archaeology: Geophysics

Here at the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, our 150th anniversary year is now in full swing. We have a series of lectures and exhibitions on the Society’s work planned, including our Anniversary Conference to be held on 10 September. At our recent annual walk, we celebrated our long history with this special […]

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Edible Archaeology: Nautical Archaeology Society

To celebrate the Nautical Archaeology Society’s (NAS) 30th birthday, we ran a special ‘Recorder Day’ course at the University of Bristol, the site of the inaugural course 30 years ago. The course focused on recording wrecks, finishing with a session in the pool where the students’ new-found skills were put to the test. The day […]


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 […]

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