Author: Carly Hilts


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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Edible Archaeology: Tigh Caol

This cake represents the remains of an 19th century drovers’ inn at Tigh Caol, Argyll. It was made for GUARD Archaeology Ltd by Sarah Bailie, to celebrate the recent publication of the findings of our community excavation there (see CA 305 for more on this project), and accurately recreates a scaled plan from this report in […]

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Edible Archaeology: William Hill Pipe Organ

This cake, commissioned by some friends for my 65th birthday last year, is an edible replica of the renowned William Hill Pipe Organ in Birmingham’s Town Hall, which dates back to 1834 and is rated one of the world’s greatest pipe organs. Peter J Smith Birmingham This edition of edible archaeology appeared in issue 304 […]


Edible Archaeology: South Cadbury Hillfort

This cake was made by Brian Cann of the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group (Ssarg), in celebration of the long standing environs project centred around South Cadbury Hillfort. Established in the early 1990s, and inspired by Leslie Alcock’s investigations at the Iron Age site in the 1960s, the project looked at the wider landscape using […]


Edible Archaeology: Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court’s Tudor palace celebrated its 500th birthday in February, and to mark the occasion, Historic Royal Palaces commissioned this showstopping edible extravaganza fit for a king (or queen!) from cake maestros Choccywoccydoodah. Standing over 3ft high and rendered in white chocolate, the cake showcases Hampton Court’s history, with each tier taking inspiration from a […]


The Archaeology of the Olympic Park – London’s first East Enders

Preparations for the 2012 games provided a unique opportunity to investigate an area of London’s East End the size of the walled City. Nick Bateman of MOLA, Gary Brown of PCA and Pippa Bradley and Andrew Powell of Wessex Archaeology told Matthew Symonds how 121 trenches produced 10,000 finds spanning 10,000 years. This summer, images […]


Earliest written reference to London found

The earliest-known written reference to London was revealed today (1 June) by MOLA archaeologists, as part of Britain’s largest, earliest, and most significant group of Roman waxed writing tablets. The reference forms part of an address – Londinio Mogontio, ‘To Mogontius [a Celtic personal name], in London’, and appears on a writing tablet dating from c.AD […]

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Prehistoric monuments and 150 Anglo-Saxon graves found at Bulford

Excavations on MOD land in Bulford, Wiltshire, have uncovered 150 Anglo-Saxon graves spanning the later 7th to early 8th century, and a host of prehistoric finds – as well as new insights into early medieval burial practices. Containing the remains of men, women, and children, the burials were arranged in neat rows, packed closely together […]

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A model monarch: Richard III’s grave recreated in 3D

One year after Richard III’s reinterment, the University of Leicester has released a 3D interactive representation of the king’s grave and skeleton. Created by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), who excavated the Greyfriars site where Richard III had been laid to rest, the fully rotatable computer model shows the king’s remains in situ as they were […]

Current Archaeology 313 - out-now!

Current Archaeology 313

Mention Iron Age settlement, and most people’s minds turn to hillforts, oppida, or even the evocatively named banjo enclosures. One thing all of these sites have in common is earthworks that encircle or at least sketch out the bounds of occupation. ‘Duropolis’ is different. Excavations at Winterborne Kingston are revealing a dense cluster of roundhouses […]

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