Archaeologist Mick Aston, who was a founder member of the team behind Channel Four's Time Team programme has died at the age of 66.
The much-respected academic was Somerset's premier archaeologist.
He was Somerset's first county archaeologist and was a passionate advocate for the county, making his home here.
During his tenure at SCC he oversaw one of the most widespread archaeological projects in Somerset's history: the installation of the M5 which uncovered numerous sites of archaeological interest.
Even after he and Somerset County Council parted company he was outspoken in his views of the county's archaeological heritage.
He was the face of the county's massive yet successful bid for funding for a new Museum of Somerset, backing the initiative all the way and visiting the building site that the Taunton Castle had become.
But he wasn't afraid to lay criticism where he thought it was necessary.
He attended the closure of the Peat Moors Vistor Centre at Westhay and, in his trademark multi coloured attire - attacked Somerset County Council's decision to close down the Iron Age reconstruction site.
He was a real advocate for community archaeology, working on a ten year project at Shapwick.
More recently he backed Somerset County Council's bid to revamp Glastonbury's Rural Life Museum.
He was the brains behind the original Time Team concept.