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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 […]

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Richard III: case closed?

Extensive genetic and genealogical analysis involving both male and female-line relatives of Richard III  have confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the lost Medieval king, researchers announced today (2 December). Bayesian statistical analysis has proven the remains’ identity to a probability of 99.999% ‘at its most conservative’, the […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Richard revisited

A major new visitor centre, exploring the life, death, and rediscovery of Richard III, has just opened on Leicester’s Grey Friars site. But what is to be seen? CA went along in advance of the grand opening. On 26 July 2014, Leicester’s £4 million King Richard III Visitor Centre opened, the centrepiece of a series […]

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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 […]

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Sutton Hoo at the British Museum

Marking the 75th anniversary of a watershed discovery In May 1939, Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown made a discovery that would change perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England forever: a spectacular 7th-century ship burial, overlooking the River Deben at Sutton Hoo. Seventy-five years on, its contents form the centrepiece of the British Museum’s recently reopened Early Medieval Europe […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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