Discovered film negatives reveal century-old expedition to Antarctica

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Talk about cold storage: A cache of negatives that are almost 100 years old that were discovered in a hut in Antarctica have revealed unique views into some of the courageous explorers of that era.

The remarkable find is part of a major conservation project for historic expedition sites in Antarctica by the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust, which made the discovery.

“We’re delighted to able to recover them,” Nigel Watson, the trust’s executive director, told Yahoo News by phone. “To be able to give people another glimpse of the people and places that are recognizable still today is a wonderful thing.”

The 22 carefully restored negatives reveal images from a small support team, including a photographer, a scientist and eight other men.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust believes that the photos are of the Ross Sea Party, which was tasked with the crucial job of setting up supply depots for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

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