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Sledging into Hisotry
by David L Harrowfield

The title, with its deliberate ambiguity, is the key to this book's existence. It could and indeed it should, be taken as a tribute to the great men of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration in the early days of this century. Or alternatively, as the expression of the feeling of going backwards in time, experienced by the parties of volunteers who spend some weeks each summer repairing, recording and preserving the huts and sites from which the great exploring expeditions set out.

These huts, scattered at various points along the coast line of the Ross Dependency, form one of the strangest museums in the world, and at the same time the surrounding provide one of the strangest type of archaeological study, with finds ranging from bits off the first motor car in Antarctica to the macabre skeletons of sledge dogs plus all sorts of homely household articles and the food supplies deemed best some sixty to seventy years ago.

So, in this book there is a chronicle of modern caretaking work, and such brief sketches of the personalities, the plans, and the achievements of the pioneers as can be deduced from the old encampments, and the old records.

With many b/w and colour photographs

Hardback, 1981, 119pages, good condition, small tear in jacket, dedication on end page
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