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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 (http://friendsofsheffieldcastle.org.uk), 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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Edible Archaeology: Llanmelin hillfort

This is our wedding cake, which depicts Llanmelin hillfort in Wales (CA 277). I am currently a leader of the South East Wales Young Archaeologists’ Club, having joined the branch when it opened in 1995. I studied History at the University of Wales Newport, and archaeology and heritage with Leicester, while my husband Paul — […]

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Edible Archaeology: Carlisle Castle

I made this model as part of this year’s Carlisle Pageant celebrations, since the castle and the custard cream are two massive parts of the city’s heritage — and it just seemed right up our street to do something a little crazy. It took a few weeks for me to plan how many biscuits to […]

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Mick Aston: Time Team remembers

When we invited Mick’s Time Team colleagues to contribute to our commemorative article, we were inundated with warm words and loving memories.   Tim Taylor Time Team Series Producer and creator After 23 years of friendship and working with Mick, it is hard to summarise my thoughts about the lovely man, but I will give […]

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Remembering Mick Aston

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. Familiar to millions for his work on Time Team, Mick’s passion for archaeology and gentle good humour inspired countless viewers to follow in his footsteps. A longstanding friend of Current Archaeology, we were thrilled when he started writing […]

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Exclusive interview – Mick Aston: an archaeological journey

Real-life Archaeologists rarely become household names. Mick Aston is an exception. A defining voice in the development of Time Team and stalwart of the show since its first season in 1994, Mick’s resignation earlier this year ignited a media firestorm. He was in the news again in July after receiving a lifetime achievement award at […]

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Edible Archaeology: Syon House dig

This amazing cake was made by my daughter Katie for my 60th birthday, after I had spent a fortnight digging at Syon House in West London  (CA 260). How she knew about road irons, I will never know, but MOLA’s Mick Miles would be very unimpressed to learn that my toecaps were made of marzipan! […]

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Edible Archaeology: Staffordshire Hoard

I was inspired to make these biscuits after seeing pictures of the latest finds from the Staffordshire Hoard (CA 276) – at first glance, with all the mud still caked on, I thought they looked like gingerbread! I’ve always enjoyed making and decorating gingerbread, and when my flatmate introduced me to ‘Edible Archaeology’, it was […]

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Edible Archaeology: LiDAR Cake

Our LiDAR cake includes a plane – accurately depicted in icing – as used by the Cambridge University Unit for Landscape Modelling (as they were then), and of course lasers beaming down from the plane to the surface. The photo-icing LiDAR image is a Digital Terrain Model, modelled (by Peter Crow of Forest Research) to […]

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