About Michael Antony Aston
Michael Antony "Mick" Aston, FSA (1 July 1946 – 24 June 2013) was an English archaeologist.
As an academic, he taught at a number of universities across the United Kingdom, and helped popularise the discipline amongst the British public by appearing as the resident academic on the Channel 4 television series Time Team from 1994 to 2011. Through the series, Aston became well-known to the viewing public for his trademark colourful jumpers and flowing, untidy hairstyle.
He also published a number of books on the subject of archaeology, some of which were written for an academic audience, and others for the general public.
He was born in Oldbury, West Midlands, Aston, the son of harold Aston, a Cabinet maker, and his wife GrladysBgnall. He attended Oldbury Grammar School. He recalled that his interest in archaeology began when he received Collins Field Guide to Archaeology by Eric Wood as a Christmas present when he was a teenager.
He studied geography at the University of Birmingham before going on to become a professional archaeologist and gaining further degrees in the subject. At the same time he pursued his interest in archaeology both academically and through fieldwork, finding his vocation as a landscape archaeologist
He worked as a field officer with Oxford City and County Museums for four years , before being appointed Somerset county council’s first archaeologist in 1974, overseeing numerous sites uncovered by the construction of the M5 motorway. Four years later he returned to academia, as a tutor with the External Studies Department at Oxford University.
Aston had a son, James, and a stepdaughter, Kathryn, both children of his former partner Carinne Allinson, with whom he broke up in 1998.
His book Monasteries (Batsford 1993) was dedicated to James and Kathryn. He lived in what he called "a rather grotty sixties bungalow" in Somerset.
Aston was a vegetarian and naturist, and his hobbies included gardening, walking, listening to classical music and cooking He supported a number of charities and other causes, including Greenpeace,
On 24 June 2013, it was announced that Aston had died, although the circumstances were not announced.
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