Dr. Tom Loy,
|Dr. Loy was Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He was a member of the Australian Archaeological Association and the Society for Archaeological Science (USA). He was Chairman of the organising committee for the 7th International Conference on Ancient DNA and Associated Biomolecules which was held at the University of Queensland from 10-17 July 2004. His last fields of research included the tools of the Italo/Austrian Ice Man Mummy, Hominid tool use at Pliocene/early Pleistocene cave sites in South Africa and, in conjunction with the Indjilandji People and the Dugalandji Aboriginal Corporation, the prehistory of the Camooweal area in NW Queensland.|
Loy, director of the Archaeological Sciences Laboratories at the
The California-born scientist had been suffering from a blood-related condition for about 12 years, according to his family, that was diagnosed shortly after he became involved with the Oetzi analysis.
brother Gareth, told the autopsy results were inconclusive, apart from
ruling out any suspicious circumstances over the death of Dr Loy, whose
body lay undiscovered in his
have been told he died of natural causes or an accident, or a combination
of both," he said.
Tom was in poor health - he had a blood deficiency that made him subject
to blood clots."
when his brother had contracted the condition, Mr Loy said he believed it
was "about 12 years ago", when he telephoned his brother to tell
him he should be checked for the hereditary condition.
Mr Loy said his brother, who found his first fossil as a young child - an
extinct horse in land being excavated for a road near their Californian
home - never mentioned the curse.
never spoke about it - all I can say is that eventually death comes for
everyone," he said.
of a Tutankhamen-style curse started a year ago when the man who
discovered the mummy, Helmut Simon, 67, fell to his death during a freak
blizzard while hiking near the spot where he found Oetzi protruding from
an hour of Mr Simon's funeral, the head of the mountain rescue team sent
to find him, Dieter Warnecke, 45, died of a heart attack.
deaths of the team involved in Oetzi's discovery and analysis are:
Archaeologist Konrad Spindler, 55 - the leading expert on Oetzi, who first
inspected the prehistoric corpse - died in April of complications from
The head of the forensic team examining Oetzi, Rainer Henn, 64 - who put
the frozen corpse in a body bag with his bare hands - died in a car crash
on the way to give a lecture about the iceman.
The mountaineer who led Dr Henn to the iceman's body, Kurt Fritz, 52, died
in an avalanche, the only one of his party to be hit by the snow-slide.
* The man who filmed Oetzi's removal from his icy mountain grave, celebrated Austrian journalist Rainer Hoelzl, 47 - died of a brain tumour.
affable and enthusiastic scientist who inspired his students, Dr Loy won
worldwide renown in the archaeological community for his discovery of
human blood on Oetzi the Iceman's clothing and weapons.
work - the subject of a National Geographic documentary in 2002 - debunked
the theory that Oetzi died alone in the mountains after a hunting
revealing four different types of human blood on Oetzi's clothing, he
surmised that the Stone Age man was hunting with a companion when the pair
got into a territorial skirmish.
wounded, Oetzi appears to have leaned against his companion for support.
of Dr Loy's research assistants, Gail Robertson, said he was finalising
work on his book about Oetzi when he died.
had been working on it for some time," she said. "It was about
the tools of the iceman and his interpretation of what the tools meant and
the life the hunter may have led. He was just finishing the final DNA
tests, which he wanted for the book.
is such a loss - he was passionate, widely read and a born teacher."
Loy said the family wanted to publish his brother's book but had, so far,
been unable to locate the manuscript.
have his laptop, but I have not yet been able to find the file for his
book," he said.
Loy, an American, completed his PhD in prehistory at the
Information from an article of The Australian by Natasha Bita and Michael McKenna