Antarctic Item 057, a yellow piece of fabric with four protruding cords, comes from McMurdo Station’s Berg Field Center which issues food, supplies and science equipment to field parties.
Like the preceding artifact, Item 057 is a fragment of a larger piece of material that presumably had a purpose. Reduced to its present size, I’ll propose it still has use to resourceful explorers in the field.
How? Well, I imagine its four long winding cords arranged on the yellow field to create a makeshift map describing topographical contours, boundaries, and passable routes. The party using it for this purpose would be lost of course, with a long march ahead of them. When their shoelaces inevitably give out on the march, these cords would serve as replacements. And when their camp flag gets shredded by polar winds, the yellow remnant would be hoisted as the new beacon, inevitably leading to their rescue.
Or at least that’s the way I imagine it.