The chosen specialised subject was infantile tetanus, but Magnus Magnusson wasn’t here to put our minds to the test. As a member of an Icelandic film crew he was here asking many questions about the ‘dreaded sickness of the eighth day’ which led to the rapid death of so many new-born babies on St Kilda in the 1800s.
So why was an Icelandic film crew out here on a remote Scottish island?
A small island community in Iceland suffered from the same tragic illness, known in Icelandic as ‘Ginklofinn’. The parallels don’t stop there – the community lived on seabirds and fowling for puffins still goes on in the present day.
Samantha, ST Kilda Archaeologist