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WELCOME

Mick Aston passed away on 24 June. His passion for archaeology inspired countless TimeTeam viewers to follow in his footsteps, including me. Mick was a long-standing friend of CA, and we were looking forward to following his fieldwork exploits in Winscombe for many years to come. But it was not to be.

In an extended tribute, we remember Mick in his own words and those of

In an extended tribute, we remember Mick in his own words and those of some of his TimeTeam friends. He shares a final piece of advice in his column, while previously unpublished extracts from a 2012 interview provide some gems from his archaeological journey. Andrew Selkirk and I were invited down to Mick’s Somerset home for that interview. It was the only occasion when I was lucky enough to meet Mick, but recollections from people who knew him well of a welcoming, modest, and encouraging man mirror my experience. Generous with his time, that day was a wonderful experience for someone who had grown up watching Mick on television.

Elsewhere in this issue we learn how new research has revealed that Mesolithic settlement at Star Carr was far larger than suspected. What does this mean for our view of highly mobile hunter-gatherer groups? Operation Nightingale has been set up to teach archaeology to soldiers recovering from injuries; read about their investigation of a mysterious building overlooking the Roman town of Caerwent. Finally, excavations in Manchester have shown how industrialisation saw green fields overrun with cramped ranks of housing. Discover how the lost streets of Hulme returned to the heart of a community.

Our contributors this month

RETURN TO STAR CARR CHRISTOPHER CATLING Chris has been contributing to Current Archaeology for over six years. He is also the editor of Salon, a fortnightly digital digest of heritage news and comment published by the Society of Antiquaries.

TIME HEALS SGT DIARMAID WALSHE Sgt Walshe is the Senior Instructor on Medical and Cultural Issues at Operational Training Wing, RTMC Chilwell. He is an Honorary Fellow at Leicester University, a postgraduate of Sussex University and co-founder of Operation Nightingale.

BIRLEY FIELDS FAYE SIMPSON Faye is a Lecturer in Community Archaeology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has directed projects around the world while researching the social impact of archaeology. Faye is co-director of the Oakington ‘Bones Without Barriers’ project.

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