Mick Aston

#1
BBC News - Mick Aston, ex-Time Team expert, dies aged 66

I see that wild-haired, rainbow-jumpered Prof Mick Aston has shuffled off this mortal coil. I used to be a huge fan of Time Team and seldom missed an episode. I used to enjoy Mick Aston's input. He was more measured and didn't seem as camera-conscious and show-offy as a couple of the others. Latterly, it went down hill with uncertain scheduling and dumbed-down research, content and presentation, a sure sign that it was struggling. I think that Mick Aston was of the same opinion and he hung up his Time Team trowel in disgust at the way the programme was being treated by the producers. I believe that Time Team itself has now folded, although we'll still be watching the repeats on Dave for the next 30 years or so.

One day in the distant future, an archaeologist will unearth an ancient grave containing a skeleton encased in a multi-coloured stripey jersey and think, "What kind of tribal chief was this?"
 
#2
I agree with your sentiments Provost, Prof. Aston was the professional - Baldrick was the useless ******* luvvee and Phil Harding whilst very enthusiastic was more like a lunatic farmer than owt else.

I did laugh a few years ago when it was reported that Time Team had all their tools stolen when their camp was broken into one night, the only person who didn't lose anything was Phil Harding who slept with his tools, albeit not in the biblical sense.

With current affairs the way the are, I'd rather here about Mick Aston's life than that terrorist Mandela.

RIP
 
#3
RIP to a great British archaeologist. He turned out a lot of very interesting work.

66 was a tragically young age to go. Actually thought he was older than that.
 
#5
If you thought TT went downhill, watch the American version.

I shall start a facebook page encouraging people to wear bright jumpers to honour Mick.
 
#6
Am certain Mick A has engendered a generation of budding archeologists with his input onto Time Team for 20 years.
RIP a nice if not a little eccentric, bloke.

It may prove that being a vegetarian isn't all it's cracked up to be!
 
#8
There's an American version? What do they dig up? 1950's shopping malls?
I've only seen one episode, they went scratching around a native american site. They use the same logo's as the original, but the format is slightly less annoying. less intrusive music for starters.
 
#9
Am certain Mick A has engendered a generation of budding archeologists with his input onto Time Team for 20 years.
RIP a nice if not a little eccentric, bloke.

It may prove that being a vegetarian isn't all it's cracked up to be!
I saw him being interviewed once and he said he'd always had very poor health, several things I think.
I liked watching him and Phil Harding.
 

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#10
I see that wild-haired, rainbow-jumpered Prof Mick Aston has shuffled off this mortal coil. I used to be a huge fan of Time Team and seldom missed an episode. I used to enjoy Mick Aston's input. He was more measured and didn't seem as camera-conscious and show-offy as a couple of the others. Latterly, it went down hill with uncertain scheduling and dumbed-down research, content and presentation, a sure sign that it was struggling.
Sadly, it went the way of many TV programs. There was never anything wrong with the basic concept. It's just when it lost basic viewing figures, they decided to jazz it up - all that did was accelerate the decline.

The basic problem was they lost competent presenters - Mick Ashton, Stuart Ainsworth - and replaced them with more 'photogenic' ones. I'd rather listen to experts than the bit of eye candy they tried to introduce as Tony Robinson's co-presenter.

And for all the comments about the quality of the archaeology, it was fairly educational for people (like myself) with minimal knowledge of the subject.

His Wikipedia entry suggests a lively character away from the TV as well.

He lived in what he calls "a rather grotty sixties bungalow" in Somerset. The reporter Steve Eggington visited Aston's home in 2008, where he noted that it was filled with "a labyrinth of books and maps, seemingly with different projects at different stages in each room." Aston was a vegetarian and naturist, and his hobbies included gardening, walking, listening to classical music and cooking
I think I prefer to remember him as an archaeologist - the thought of him lolling around naked does rather ruin the digestion...

Wordsmith
 
#12
Actually, I used to very much enjoy the 18th, 19th and 20th century stuff - industrial archaeology and the like. There was more than enough Romano-British stuff for my own taste. If you've seen one villa with hypocaust, you've very much seen 'em all.
 
#13
I've only seen one episode, they went scratching around a native american site. They use the same logo's as the original, but the format is slightly less annoying. less intrusive music for starters.
I only ever saw one as well, they were working half way up a cliff, it was mildly interesting except the presenter was even worse than Baldrick.
 
#17
I did laugh a few years ago when it was reported that Time Team had all their tools stolen when their camp was broken into one night, the only person who didn't lose anything was Phil Harding who slept with his tools, albeit not in the biblical sense.
Having met him professionally, I wouldn't bank on it.

This sad news has reminded me of my peculiar claim to fame: I'm the only member of my immediate family never to have appeared on Time Team.

And no, Phil isn't my dad.
 
#19
That's really sad news.

Mick Aston, Phil Harding and Carenza Lewis (in the early days) really made Time Team a programme worth watching even with Tony Robinson as a sidekick.

RIP Professor.
 
#20
Professor Mick Ashton openly atheist but with a consuming passion for anything connected to medieval religion. He will be missed, by the wooly pully manufactures if not the great British public. By bringing Time Team to Tv he managed to make History interesting something generations of teachers have failed to do.


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