In the Antarctic found a unusual discovery

In the Antarctic found a unusual discovery

In the Antarctic found a unusual discovery

The cake, found inside a badly degraded tin box, was in remarkably good condition, appearing nearly edible. It was discovered in an old hut at Cape Adare, which is an major site used by Antarctic explorers.

Conservators with the Antarctic Heritage Trust found a century-old cake in the continent's oldest building on Cape Adare, National Geographic reported.

Conservators for the trust said the tin was rusted, but the cake (made by British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers) still looked and smelled edible, Lizzie Meek, the manager of the program's artefacts, said in a statement.

"The cake probably dates to the Cape Adare-based Northern Party of Scott's Terra Nova it has been documented that Scott took this particular brand of cake with him at that time", the Trust said.

The fruitcake itself dates back to the Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913) headed by Robert Falcon Scott. As well as wishing to continue scientific work he had undertaken in his first expedition, Scott also wanted to lead the first group to reach the South Pole.

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They were built and used by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink's expedition in 1899 and used again by Captain Scott's party in 1911.

Anyhoo, the AHT is now doing its conservation work under a permit that will require them to return all items to the site once the huts themselves have been restored.

The well-preserved cake was still wrapped in the paper it was packed in all those years ago, and what was left of its storage tin. "The tin has suffered significantly in the harsh Antarctic elements, however the Trust says the cake within looks and smells "(almost) edible".

So it doesn't appear that anyone will be eating this fruitcake anytime soon, which is just as well.

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