Archaeologist dies after suffering allergic reaction on dig

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PostTue Jul 02, 2013 1:48 pm » by Malogg

Archaeologist dies after suffering allergic reaction on dig site


A Scottish archaeologist has died suddenly after suffering an allergic reaction while working on a dig.

Jackie Scott, 35, collapsed from an apparent anaphylactic shock while camping on the Bradford Kaims excavation site, near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

His colleagues tried to save him and raised the alarm, but although paramedics arrived on the site within minutes he died shortly afterwards at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington.

Mr Scott, who was born in Inverness, first joined the Northumberland-based Bamburgh Research Project as a second-year archaeology student at the University of Aberdeen.

Paul Gething, director of the Bradford Kaims site, wrote on the project's blog: "The project staff and the attending ambulance personnel went to great lengths to try to save Jackie’s life.

"Despite their best efforts Jackie was pronounced dead at the hospital just after 8.30 pm. The senior doctor informed us that Jackie passed quickly and without pain.

"As you can imagine, this tragic news has thrown the Kaims and the wider project into disarray. Jackie was a big part of our community and he is greatly missed.

"We are still grieving, and it has only been a short time since he left us, but each day there are a few less tears and few more laughs as we relate our stories about Jackie.

"He was kind. He was gentle. He was humorous. He was a talented archaeologist. But most of all, he was our friend."

Project director Gerry Twomey said the whole team was in shock at the sudden loss of their colleague on June 20.

He said: "He was a very well-liked member of the team. He joined us as a student in 2010 and came back every year since. He was a very intelligent person with a great sense of humour.

"The tragedy is that we have uncovered an awful lot more of the landscape of the Kaims site and that was his passion. He was excited to be involved in it.

"It was very sudden and a complete shock to everyone. Our staff are right up to date with their health and safety training and dealt with the situation and the paramedics were there within a couple of minutes. It's one of those situations that you just can't believe has happened."

Mr Scott's funeral is due to take place on Friday in Aberdeen. ... ck-on-dig/
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