Category: Mick’s Dig Diary

Mick Aston

Mick Aston: Using Maps

Where to begin? Mick reveals why the County Record  Office should be the first port of call for any project  investigating the local landscape. Maps, particularly early maps, are one of  the most important sources for any local  project similar to ours at Winscombe in  Somerset. Most of these will be found in a  County […]

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A green and pleasant parish

In CA 274, Mick explained how his local research project examining the origins of Winscombe in Somerset got off the ground. Now he gives us an overview of the area itself, and how he proposed to tackle its archaeology.   Winscombe is a parish in the north of Somerset, lying towards the western end of […]

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An unexpected project

In his new bi-monthly column, Mick Aston guides us  through the trials and triumphs of local archaeology.  He starts by recalling the genesis of his current research  project at Winscombe, Somerset. When I moved to Winscombe parish in 1984 there were no thoughts in my mind of conducting a project there: indeed, I had taken […]