The researchers have been working preserving artifacts found in the area since May 2016, with around 1,500 items found so far. The AHT is now planning the conservation of these historic structures, which have been exposed to Antarctic conditions for over a hundred years.
Programme Manager-Artefacts Lizzie Meek said finding such a "perfectly preserved fruitcake" in a severely corroded tin was a huge surprise. Explaining its presence she continued: "It's an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice". It's been documented that Scott liked this particular brand of cake. Its Northern Party may have taken shelter in the hut and left the cake behind. The cake is stayed in "excellent condition". "There was a very, very slight rancid butter smell to it, but other than that the cake looked and smelled edible!"
A fruitcake was found in the coldest and driest place on Earth, Antarctica.
After being treated the cake, along with all artefacts found, will be returned to the site. It was found in one of the oldest huts in Antarctica. Conservators are now planning to conserve the huts that were built in 1899 by Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink and used by Captain Scott in 1911. While the tin had begun to deteriorate, the cake was in near-perfect condition and, according the researchers, still looked "almost edible". The Terra Nova expedition was primarily scientific, but Scott also wanted to be the first person to reach the South Pole. Scott's entire team perished on the return journey from the pole.