This talk was given at DigNation ’18, a crowdfunded festival organised by DigVentures and Sir Tony Robinson in honour of beloved Time Team archaeologist Mick Aston.

In 2018, DigVentures and Tony Robinson joined forces with Time Team fans all over the world to launch DigNation – a brand new festival for archaeology lovers, inspired by Britain’s most beloved TV archaeologist, Mick Aston.

In his opening talk, Tony shared some of his best memories of Mick Aston, and the 20 years they spent together on Time Team. Other speakers included Helen Geake, Francis Pryor, Carenza Lewis, Phil Harding, and many more.

DigVentures is now re-releasing videos of all the DigNation ’18 talks for you to watch online.

How to watch the talks

Starting on Sunday 12 January at 18:30 GMT, we’re re-releasing all the DigNation ’18 videos online for free. That’s right, you’ll have a brand new video every Sunday for the next 15 weeks. And there’s two easy ways to watch them:

1. On YouTube

Go to our YouTube channel and hit Subscribe. Then, find the DigNation ’18 playlist press ‘set reminder’ on each of the talks you don’t want to miss. YouTube will send you a reminder as soon the new video is available to watch. Easy!

2. On our website

Go to and bookmark the page. Then, come back every Sunday to watch the latest talk. Simple!

How to get tickets for DigNation ’20

Day tickets, Weekend tickets, and Virtual tickets for DigNation ’20 are now on sale! You can get them here – but hurry, there’s less than 100 weekend tickets left!

Get tickets for DigNation 2020

DigNation is the world’s first archaeology festival where YOU get to make discoveries while you’re there. Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Sudeley Castle on 13-14 June, this year’s festival is going totally Tudor! Get tickets for a weekend packed with talks from your favourite historians, fun-filled Fringe events, and *LIVE* archaeological discoveries!

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