Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Time Team's Mick Aston dies

One of the foremost experts of the Channel Four Time Team series, Mick Aston, has passed away. The show's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTimeTeam/posts/507567812650170) has recorded the following short statement:

It is with a very heavy heart that we have been informed this evening that our dear friend and colleague Mick Aston has passed away.

At this stage our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The BBC has further coverage at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041568

History is a multi-faceted discipline, and archaeology just one of many routes to help us understand the lives of our forebears. Mick Aston was one of those rare things in academia - an expert who could communicate and speak in plain English to everyday folk - and his contribution on the series right up to his departure in 2011 was immense. As someone who used to make archaeology programmes for the Beeb, I can tell you we were always playing second fiddle to Time Team, quite simply because it was the team that was the show's greatest asset, with Mick right at the heart of it.

RIP Mick Aston, Time Team's Time Lord.

(With thanks to @DrTonyPollard and @HVSresearch)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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