The spindle whorls found on Sark show that channel islanders were raising sheep for wool in the bronze age according to Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe. Latest discoveries from the second millennium B.C site on Sark this summer include amber beads from Denmark as well as whorls for spinning wool.
This is the 9th year that Professor Cunliffe and his team have returned to the island.
The striped jumpers and warm Oldbury accent of Archaeologist Mick Aston made him a well known and much loved presence on British televisions throughout the 1990s and 2000s on the channel four programme Time Team.
Working as a professional archaeologist since 1970, Mick authored books, lectured and dug across the south of England, but it was his appearances on Time Team gave him international exposure.
In this role he inspired a generation of archaeologists, leading to a massive growth in numbers of people who took up the trowel. What we learned from Mick was that a calm, thoughtful friendly approach was one to be emulated and that a child like enthusiasm for the unknown was a thing to be savoured. He gave joy and knowledge to millions imparting his understanding that the subject can be interesting and enjoyable on television where previously it had been avoided by tv shows as too dry and academic.
Mick died in June 2013 leaving a legacy of a profession that has never been so well regarded and a love of history and archaeology in the population at large that has never been so huge.
The dates for the CBA Festival of Archaeology 2013 are as follows
Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 July 2013
This is the 22nd year that museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists right across the UK will host events for the general public to showcase and raise awareness in archaeology among the general public. This being the year that Time Team comes to the end of its run on Channel 4 the CBA will now have to pick up the reins and ensure the general public doesn’t lose interest in our heritage.