Mick Aston received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Museum today, presented by John Penrose, the out and about tourism & heritage minister, at the 2012 British Archaeological Awards. To quote the citation, this was for Mick’s “long-term commitment to public education and for his ongoing support for developing our understanding of past human behaviour, as well as major personal contributions to archaeological knowledge and the development of new methodologies” (phew). All true, as I’m sure many will agree, a very well deserved award, and congratulations Mick. The photo shows him in his garden conservatory with CBA director Mike Heyworth (by Phil Knibb).
Other well deserving recipients that I have previously featured here include Operation Nightingale, the veterans’ rehabilitation project on Salisbury Plain, and Time Team itself (“an outstanding contribution to public understanding of archaeology, with high editorial standards”).
The Awards ceremony marks the launch of the 2012 Festival of British Archaeology, coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology.