Category: Special Features

Caen Castle

Edible Archaeology: Caen Castle dig

We have been excavating at Caen Castle in Normandy for the past four years. As the dig came to an end, we wanted to say ‘goodbye and thank you’ to the archaeologist in charge. Bénédicte Guillot, who has welcome and trained so many archaeological students from across Europe. As big fans of your magazine, and […]

Viking cake

Edible Archaeology: Viking longship

  One of our PhD students at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Niamh Kelly, created this maritime wonder, and kindly allowed her fellow students to lay waste to it at a recent PhD Seminar. It tasted as delicious as it looked. Conor McDermott School of Archaeology, University College Dublin You can see more […]


Edible Archaeology: Prehistoric pottery

  Our curator, Dr Ros Cleal, recently celebrated a remarkable 20 years at National Trust Avebury’s Alexander Keiller Museum – and we marked the occasion with this fantastic cake, created by our talented Curatorial Assistant Michele Drisse, with help from our volunteers. Having spent far, far too long studying prehistoric pottery, we felt it was […]

12 cake

Edible Archaeology: The Twelve Apostles

In  CA 294,  I read a letter from an archaeological illustrator called Sarah Bailie, who also makes heritage-themed cakes. You had also printed a photo of her Callanish Stone Circle cake. As I was planning my own special birthday party, I emailed her to ask where she lived, hoping it would be within driving distance. […]


Edible Archaeology: Carausius coin

  I thought you might be interested to see the latest Edible Archaeology contribution from Birmingham Museums [following their stunning Staffordshire Hoard cake, featured in  CA 290]. It was made to honour Sam Moorhead’s visit to train the West Midlands Portable Antiquities Scheme Volunteers in identifying and recording Roman coins. As Sam is particularly interested […]

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Edible Archaeology: Priory Church

  I enjoy seeing the cakes that you feature in CA, and wondered if you’d like to see my latest creation, made to mark my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary? It is an entirely edible version of the Priory Church of St Peter’s in Dunstable, where Cranmer sat in judgement of the proposed divorce of Henry […]

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 (, has been formed to research the castle, raise its profile, and contribute to decisions on the future of its site. Enthused by the […]

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