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Time Team: the end of an era?

As Time Team ends its run, Jim Mower – an archaeologist and producer for ten years on the programme – reflects on two decades of television archaeology and asks: what’s next? Time Team is the longest running history/archaeology strand in television history. Although often criticised over its lifetime, this is, by any reckoning, a remarkable […]

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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 […]

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ArchaeoHaiku

We challenged the archaeological world on Twitter to come up with heritage-themed haiku… and they didn’t disappoint!

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Mick Aston’s latest dig

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 […]

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Stop all the spades, fill all the trenches in…

While browsing the web for fun archaeological things to share with our readers (it is Friday, after all!) we stumbled on this fantastic ‘Eulogy for Time Team’, based on W H Auden’s  Stop All The Clocks. It was originally printed in the Australian edition of the  Big Issue, and by the power of the internet […]

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Honor Frost Foundation

Hurrah!   No sooner had I written my blog on Mr Moneybags than I discovered a new Mr Moneybags, or rather a Miss Moneybags, in the form of the Honor Frost Foundation. I have long known Honor Frost as a name to conjure with,  one of the glamorous pioneers of underwater archaeology, someone who in […]

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What price Heritage?

Money, Money, Money: What price heritage? Twice a year, summer and winter, English Heritage publishes a fascinating magazine called Conservation Bulletin. It is intended for those it calls ‘conservation specialists, opinion-formers and decision makers’; it is a wonderful magazine, as it gives an insight into the concerns and policies of English Heritage, the body we […]

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I’ve been in London 50 years!

It’s Guy Fawkes night — 5 November 2012 – and I have been in London for 50 years. I first came to London in 1962 to take up a new job and a new life as an articled clerk, and I stayed with my friend David at the Belsize Square Residential Club, a somewhat seedy […]

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Who is Mr Moneybags in archaeology?

It is a common complaint today that our society has become too unequal. To an archaeologist, of course, the complaint is nonsense. Compare our society to the pharaohs of Egypt, or to most societies in the past – we are remarkably equal. No one is able to afford to build a pyramid today, and even […]

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