The Council for British Archaeology was shocked and saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Mick Aston, one of the world's best known archaeologists.
Mick was most famous for his leading role in the long-running Channel 4 Time Team series, but he was also a leading academic and researcher, and he spent many years lecturing to university and extra-mural students about archaeology. He was passionate about getting people involved in archaeology and in this he was a strong supporter of the CBA's mission to deliver 'archaeology for all'.
CBA Director Mike Heyworth was lucky enough to visit him at his home last year to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the British Archaeological Awards.
Mike said yesterday, 'In presenting Mick with a Lifetime Achievement Award it was an honour and a privilege to have an opportunity to tell him to his face how much he was loved and valued by everyone with an interest in archaeology all over the world. His support for the CBA's Festival of Archaeology and our Young Archaeologists' Club were much appreciated and completely in tune with his determination to put archaeology in the public domain. He leaves a huge hole and will be much missed by everyone in archaeology. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends at this sad time.'
Mick's final article for the CBA's British Archaeology magazine will be published in early August. It will bring to an end a series of articles spanning the last seven years featuring 'Mick's Travels' which gave him an opportunity to talk about the archaeology of the many parts of the country he had visited.
To share his experiences of archaeology across the UK, all of Mick's Travels will be made freely available on the British Archaeology magazine website.