Edible Archaeology: Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society

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Nicola Turton (pictured) made this cake for the Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical  Society’s 40th birthday. It illustrates various aspects of the Society’s work over the years,  including a weaving comb from the Iron Age site  at Viables Farm, iron dividers from the Iron Age  settlement at Ructstalls Hill, and what we had  hoped to find — but didn’t — in the Bronze Age  round barrow at Buckskin (see CA 146). There  is also a Roman roof tile from Silchester (where  some members take part in training excavations),  the Basingstoke cursus — still looking for that —  a Cave Canem mosaic recalling a Society trip  to Pompeii, and vitrified Tudor bricks representing  Basing House. It was all edible, and  it was delicious!

Barbara Applin
Basingstoke Archaeological  & Historical Society

This edition of Edible Archaeology appeared on the Letters page in issue 271 of  Current Archaeology.

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