Really, really sad to hear this afternoon that Mick Aston has died. A great loss. Mick was a genuinely wonderful and wonderfully genuine man who inspired millions but never forgot individuals. Principled, intelligent, brave, loyal, warm, humorous and visionary, I was privileged to have known him for as long as I did. If humanists had saints, he should be one. Without learning so much from him, both on Time Team and in other projects we collaborated on, I can’t imagine I’d ever have set up Access Cambridge Archaeology, and so anyone who’s had anything to do with ACA has benefitted from his unique and inspiring approach to archaeology. There are a lot of posts on Time Team’s Facebook page (and elsewhere, I’m sure) which are testament to his achievements, about which he should have been very proud.
I can’t believe I won’t see him again. I will miss him.