Does handling of Richard III’s bones raise serious questions?

Some think so. Are they right? We’ll need a clear head for this, as some of the allegations imply professional wrongdoing, and the issues reach beyond a dead monarch. The Independent (a national UK paper, on March 4) and the Yorkshire Post (a regional paper, on March 8) recently published the same letter from five … Continue reading Does handling of Richard III’s bones raise serious questions?


Too soon. We've lost a man who was always true to himself, who loved life and inspired everyone he knew and met. If you liked archaeology, he was the archaeologist you wanted to be. His steadfast commitment to understanding the landscape and the lives of the people who made it – and to sharing his … Continue reading Mick

Yes, I did write about Time Team

The new British Archaeology, of course, looks at the origins and demise of Time Team – I’ll bet you don’t often read how the former go back to General Pitt-Rivers. The common feeling I get talking to people at the centre of it all is that its time had come. I saw John Gater a … Continue reading Yes, I did write about Time Team

Time up

When I put that on the cover of British Archaeology above a photo of Mick Aston in February, I left it deliberately ambiguous. Mick was leaving Time Team – but what about Time Team itself? Now it’s official. Attempts to fiddle about with the 18-year-old format are deemed to have failed, and in the wake … Continue reading Time up

New British Archaeology

It'll be in the shops on Friday, but for those of you who haven’t yet become a member of the Council for British Archaeology or just subscribed, here’s a preview of some of my favourite bits. I had an overwhelming response from readers to last issue’s front cover exclusive – Mick Aston’s resignation from Time … Continue reading New British Archaeology

Filming in Dorset (& reprogramming the TV)

I'm giving you my essential guide to retuning your TV soon, but first a bit of archaeology. This is Maumbury rings, a nice earthworky sort of earthwork near the centre of Dorchester. It looks how it does now because of corporate curation, remodelling during the Civil War and before that as a Roman amphitheatre, but … Continue reading Filming in Dorset (& reprogramming the TV)

Down the paper chain

It started on Wednesday as the departure of Mick Aston from Time Team, as the Daily Mail ran with British Archaeology’s news. Yesterday the focus shifted to Mary-Ann Ochota, with misleading innuendos about the timing and nature of her departure from the same series. Today it’s moved down the paper chain, and has become a … Continue reading Down the paper chain

Let’s catch up with Mick

There's a lot of interest in Mick Aston's resignation, and quite rightly too. I didn't put his face on the cover of the new magazine for nothing! There's also been some misinformation, and not everyone understands how the media work. So I thought I'd round up the key pieces on the web and add a … Continue reading Let’s catch up with Mick