Mick Aston is best known as the leader of the Time Team, running around telling other people what to do and where to dig. But Mick is someone who practises what he preaches and for many years now he has been investigating his home village at Winscombe, near Western-Super-Mare in Somerset. Here he practises ‘total archaeology’, investigating all the old maps, discovering everything there is to be known about the history of the village, and then going out regularly to dig test pits throughout the village.
On September 21st he will be revealing the secrets of his work at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Independent Archaeology in its series of Archaeology without a Grant. This year the theme is Practical Archaeology: the contribution of the independent archaeologist and Mick Aston will be the leading speaker. The Conference is being held in the village hall at Shipham, which is the next door village to Winscombe, and has a splendid village hall.
Local societies are encouraged to attend and show off their wares. If you would like to talk about your work, there are still two slots available in the programme for societies, or indeed other organisations who wish to show off their success and tell us how they are doing ‘archaeology without a grant’. It will also be possible to lay on exhibitions of your work.
Tickets for the meeting on September 21st 2013 are available price £19, which includes a splendid Somerset lunch. Details can be obtained from the Council’s website at www.independents.org.uk . If you wish to contribute to the conference please email me, Andrew Selkirk, at firstname.lastname@example.org , while applications for tickets should be sent to the Hon. Treasurer, Keith Foster at email@example.com .