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100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake looks (almost) edible

100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake looks (almost) edible

The fruitcake, made by British company Huntley and Palmers, was found in "excellent condition" inside a iron alloy tin, still wrapped in paper. It's been documented that Scott liked this particular brand of cake. Images of the fruitcake, as well as details about it and the restoration process, were published by the Antarctic Heritage Fund.

A remarkably well-preserved 106-year-old fruit cake believed to have been brought with Scott's expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 has been discovered in a remote hut.

The trust carried out conservation treatment including rust removal and chemical stabilisation - but the cake itself was absolutely fine. The tin's label underwent deacidification, and the paper had some minor repairs made to tears.

Program manager Lizzie Meek explained that "finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise".

Overall, this conservation project resulted in restoring and otherwise saving about 1500 artifacts from Cape Adare. The team recently finished the large project in July this year, conserving nearly 1500 artefacts.

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The huts at Cape Adare were built by the Norwegian Carten Borchgrevink's expidition of 1899 but later used by the Northern Party.

The fruitcake was recovered from Cape Adare, where multiple artifacts were recovered.

The cake was found in a hut in Cape Adare, one of the first modern human settlements on Antarctica.

But all objects taken from them - including the cake - must be returned after being spruced up, in accordance with rules governing the Antarctic Specially Protected Area.