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Jaffa Cake Henge

This model of Stonehenge is one  of eight other Jaffa Cake creations  Dominic Wilcox  made to represent Britain, from  Tower Bridge to the Loch Ness  monster. The building blocks were  made by excavating about five  different Jaffa Cakes then carefully  balancing them in a circle.  He created  the strangely realistic reflection on  the plate by […]

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Time Team: secrets of the Saxon gold

The discovery of the Staffordshire hoard (see CA 236) in July 2009 was one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the last decade. Since then, a dizzying array of interdisciplinary research has taken place to see what this extraordinary collection of artefacts can add to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England. In this Time Team special, Tony Robinson guided us through what has been found out so far

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Bryn celli ddu

This cake was made in the style of Bryn celli ddu, a Bronze Age mound and passage  grave built over a Neolithic henge and stone circle on Anglesey, for the leaving do  of Tanya Berks (Gwynedd Archaeological  Trust illustrator and surveyor). Sent in by Matthew Jones, featured in issue 266 of Current Archaeology.

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Archaeological bake-off

Museum of London Archaeology recently held an archaeological bake-off,  raising £86.50 for Refuge: Women and Children against Domestic Violence.  Entries included a festive site snow scene  (with stratigraphy in section  and in plan), a coin hoard buried deep  within a cherry bourbon chocolate  cake, a timber-framed building with  impressive transverse sectional elevation,  chunks of Roman […]

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Digging with the Time Team

What is archaeology alongside a film crew like? Matthew Symonds found out.  There is something different about a Time Team dig. Excavations normally have an air of calm, with people quietly troweling, sectioning features or wrestling with drawing frames. The hustle and bustle comes at tea time, when diggers compete for the best biscuits and […]

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Reconstructing the Hallaton Helmet

A Roman imperial jigsaw puzzle The discovery of fragmentary remains of several Roman helmets at Hallaton, Leicestershire, set conservators quite a challenge. Now, over a decade later their work is complete. Helen Sharp and Simon James reveal what has been learnt. It is 11 years since a mass of corroded iron was found in a […]

The Hackney Hoard

One summer’s day in 2007 several companions set about an ambitious piece of landscaping in the back garden of their residence in Hackney, Greater London.   As their shovels pierced the turf they were likely to have been thinking of the heavy work before them when a chance discovery brought them to a halt; for […]


CA 264

  February is the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth. Revered for his vivid descriptions of Victorian London, he is also applauded for drawing attention to the plight of the poorest in society. One of the slums he visited was Jacob’sIsland, which became the backdrop to the thrilling dénouement of Oliver Twist. Yet while the level of […]

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Skara Brae cake

Following his brilliant group tour of Orkney, the theme for Robert Morgan’s Christmas  cake had to be Skara Brae. It was the centrepiece of his Christmas dinner and  was much admired by all. Sent in by Robert Morgan, featured in issue 264 of Current Archaeology.

Time Team series 19

The  Time Team  are back! Join Tony Robinson and friends at a number of noted and less well known archaeological sites across Britain.  Expect grubby hands, evocative insights, intriguing discoveries, revealing reconstructions, plenty of arguments amongst the experts and the usual excitement from the team.We are very excited to mark the start of series 19 […]

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