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January 18, 2009

Treasure Hunting in Antarctica

Here are a few of the many items I’ve acquired for my project so far. Most were generously donated by people who took an interest in my work. The weathered pieces came from Crunch, the Marble Point camp manager. He found them strewn about his Dry Valleys camp, remnants of the pre-Code of Conduct era.

The photo of a boy and two owls is a magazine clipping found in the Crary building by IT Science Support Manager Karen Joyce. It was tacked to the wall of an empty workspace. The who, when, and why of the photo remains a mystery.

More stuff from Marble Point, and a flag tattered by Antarctic winds. (Thanks Sharona!)

Studies in patina and rust, retrieved from the Dry Valleys. Conservation policy allows removal of garbage from the general landscape, but not from historic sites.

Filed under: Items Reclaimed from the Ice,McMurdo,Process — mbartalos @ 11:40 pm


  1. This “material” looks a lot more promising than I was thinking when I saw the garbage warehouse photos! A lot like driftwood in feeling.

    Comment by Malcolm Wong — January 28, 2009 @ 2:15 am

  2. These are unbelievably beautiful. I can see them providing a kind of visual anchor to other material. It’ll be great to see what you make of all this.

    Comment by Bob Aufuldish — February 6, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

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