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Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

'Perfectly preserved' 106-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica

'Perfectly preserved' 106-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctica

So what do conservators do with a 100-year-old tea cake? "Though the container was found in poor condition, the cake itself "looked" and smelled "(almost) edible", AHT said. Images of the fruitcake, as well as details about it and the restoration process, were published by the Antarctic Heritage Fund.

It is believed the cake belonged to the Northern Party - a group that split off from Captain Scott's main party - because documents show they took the popular brand with him on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition between 1910 and 1913.

According to the New Zealand-based charity, there was quite of bit of work that went into treating the cake, including rust removal, chemical stabilisation and coating of the tin remnants.

Conservators have been working on Antarctic artefacts from Cape Adare since May past year and have accrued nearly 1,500.

In a statement, Lizzie Meek, the Trust's Programme Manager-Artefacts, described the cake as "an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and still a favorite item on modern trips to the Ice".

"Deacidification of the tin label and some physical fix to the torn paper wrapper and tin label was also carried out", the Trust said.

The shelter was built in 1899 during a Norwegian expedition, but it's thought that the fruitcake was brought to Cape Adare in 1911 by Robert Falcon Scott's expedition party.

The fruitcake was recovered from Cape Adare, where multiple artifacts were recovered. The buildings were the first in Antarctica and are the only examples left of humanity's first building on any continent. The artefacts be returned to the huts once they are restored to comply with the site's status as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA).

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