Have you ever admired an ancient artefact and thought – I wish that I could make that out of cake. And eat it. If you have, and if you, like me, want to waste time and procrastinate as much as possible, this blog is for you.

When I first started this, I was a historian of the ancient Middle East, just finishing my PhD. Then I was a historian of the Middle East doing my postdoc. Now I’ve wandered over to museum publishing, and spend most of my time in museums and galleries. While in many ways my historical baking will always have Assyriology at its heart, I’ve seen far too many non-Assyriological artefacts that I’ve been dying to eat in cake form. And thus I give you new, and expanded, Eating Artefacts. It’s exactly what the world has been waiting for.

Join me as I struggle with questions like: is fudge really the best edible substitute for clay? If you colour icing black so it looks like bitumen, will you still want to eat it afterwards? And how many puns can I think of that connect baking and history?

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