100-year-old pat of butter found at Scott’s Antarctic base

Published on December 16th, 2009 | by Admin


The world’s oldest block of butter (as oppose to the world’s oldest butter in general) has been discovered at Captain Robert Scott’s Antarctic base.

The frozen spread was found in a sack in a former pony stable nearly a century after the adventurer’s mission to the South Pole.

Captain Scott and his four colleagues died on their way back from the pole after coming second to Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Restoration workers also discovered shelves of tinned food, bedding and clothing in the Britons’ Cape Evans hut.

The butter, however, is the only example of fresh foods used by the explorers.

But what has excited the New Zealand discoverers the most is the fact that the spread is a product of their own country, still famous for its dairy products today.

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