Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta

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Every year I make a cake for 3D Archaeological Society’s Christmas Dinner themed on a place we have visited during our long weekend away during the summer. Last year’s cake was of Skara Brae following our fabulous trip to Orkney and this year, after many requests from those that went to Malta with me on this years tour, I have made a replica of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum Temple.

The temple was discovered in 1900 under the streets of Paola, Malta, a magnificent chambered structure dating from 3,300BC to about 3,000BC housing the remains of some 7,000 individuals. The terracotta ‘Sleeping Lady’ is very artistic and was excavated from some of the earliest deposits in the temple.

My model is made of fruit cake, carved and covered in marzipan and sugar paste. We are touring the archaeological sites of Anglesey in 2013 and I hope I am not asked to model the bridges over the Menai Straits or the station at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch for next years cake!

Robert Morgan

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