Edible Archaeology: Caerwent

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I’m one of the Assistant County Archaeologists at Northumberland County Council,  and I made this cake for a friend digging at Caerwent back in the ’90s. The top layer  (top picture) shows a Roman site with a four-post structure, while below this are Iron Age  (middle picture) and Neolithic (bottom picture) layers. I made sure all the best finds were under the spoil  heap. I have subsequently adapted this design, simplifying the archaeology (using  chocolate fingers) to help explain site depositional processes and excavation to schoolchildren.  Whether they’re interested in archaeology or eating the cake, who knows…

Karen Derham
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This edition of Edible Archaeology appeared in issue 274 of  Current Archaeology.

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