Ancient legwear rocks the socks of Antarctic explorer

Published: 05th December 2008

Ancient legwear rocks the socks of Antarctic explorer
A polar explorer has stumbled on a hut containing perfectly preserved items from an age gone by, with socks a major contributor to the rediscovered goods.

Robin Bell, writing for Scientific American, said he headed to the Cape Evans hut which was inhabited by Britain's finest voyagers led by Robert Falcon Scott, with the cabin left to nature's devices nearly 100 years ago.

He said: "Bottles of Heinz ketchup and mustard sit on the shelves with only a little bit of peeling.

"The socks, shoes and hat on the bunk look as if they were just left today."

According to, Captain Scott died of starvation and adverse weather conditions but did not fear death as he had reached the pole and faced the environment like a man.

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