Captain Robert Scott’s 97-Year-Old Butter

Captain Robert Falcon Scott (Photo credit: Herbert Ponting)

Captain Robert Scott died in the Antarctic in 1912 as he and his fellow explorers tried to return from the South Pole. His camp, preserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, rendered up an interesting find: two large squares of butter, still labeled with the original labels and wrappers.  An article from The Times Online (December 17, 2009) states:

The Antarctic hut used by Captain Robert Scott as his expedition base has released a surprising find, nearly 100 years after the explorer’s death – a block of butter

The butter, originally from New Zealand, was found frozen in the stable area adjacent to the Cape Evans hut by members of the Antarctic Heritage Trust involved in restoration work on the building. …

What is thought to be the oldest butter found is from the Iron Age. The butter in an oak barrel , thought to be 3,000 years old, was discovered in a bog in Gilltown, Kildare, in August.*

* See also my post on butter: Buttering Up.

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