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Ready, set, archaeo’bake

Whether you are inspired by Flag Fen fancies, Star Carr cookies or Maiden Castle muffins, you now have the chance to show off your skills with the 2017 Festival of Archaeology baking competition launched today. The competition is part of the Festival of Archaeology that runs across the UK from 15 to 30 July, organised by the Council for British Archaeology.

Mesolithic acorn bread and nettle pudding might be a long way from the patisserie associated with modern-day baking, but there is evidence they were common recipes 6,000 years ago.  Recipes from the past, combined with archaeological inspiration from prehistory to the present day, provide a backdrop to this year’s competition.

Historian Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology explains “each year the Festival of Archaeology provides a great way for everyone to have the opportunity to discover more about the archaeology in their local area. This competition encourages people to think about archaeology more broadly than just digging in a trench, in order to come up with some truly unique entries.” Your entry can be based on any aspect of archaeology -  a dig, a discovery, a heritage site or ancient monument, a recreation of times past, a famous archaeologist, or fictional archaeology hero.

Dan continues, “The competition adds another way for more people to be involved. Whether you bake with a local community group, youth club, or with your workmates, you can enter the competition by simply sharing photographs of your creative cookery.” To enter, just send a photo of your archaeology- themed bake to and tag it #archaeocake on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter before the end of August.

If you need any inspiration for your entry, just look on Instagram for the hashtag #archaeocake as we’ll be posting new entries as they come in. For further inspiration, visit a Festival of Archaeology event – there are plenty to choose from all over the country to give you a taste, just a thin slice, of Britain’s rich menu of history. To find an event near you visit:

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