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100-year-old fruitcake discovered, experts say may still edible, almost

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

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.

Experts believe the cake was part of the provisions taken to Antarctica during the 1910-1913 Terra Nova expedition by explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his crew, National Geographic reported.

Archeology teams have been excavating artifacts from a hut that Scott’s Northern Party used during its expedition. The excavation has been going on since last year.

The cake was found on a shelf in the hut, SBS, an Australian media outlet, reported.

The scientists said the cake looked fine, but they can’t taste it, since they believe it would be unethical to taste their finds, Newshub reported.

The archeologists artifacts manager told Newshub, “The conditions down there are obviously frozen for most of the year, and that has preserved the cake really, really well, and on top of that it’s been protected by the tin, and while the tin has mostly disintegrated the outside atmosphere hadn’t gotten to the cake.”

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