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Time Capsules: A Cultural History
William E. Jarvis
This work is a cultural history of five thousand years of time capsules and other related time-information transfer experiences. It examines both the formal and the popular culture aspects of the time capsule, from its roots in ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian building foundation deposits to the present utilization of spacecraft probes and other extreme locations. The deposits of 3000 BCE deliberately had no definite date and time to be opened; in 1876 CE came the idea of target-dated deposits. Also discussed are how "real" time capsules work, notional and archaeological time capsules, the height of the time capsule’s popularity from 1935 to 1982, the preservation of writings in time capsules, keeping time in a perpetual futurescape, and turn of the century hype surrounding millennium time capsules.

We Were Here: A Short History of Time Capsules
Patricia Seibert
From School Library Journal
Grades 4-6--Seibert defines a "time capsule" as an object created, filled with contemporary items, and intended to be opened at a specified future date. Yet this text includes quite a range of time-capsulelike containers, such as Egyptian pyramids and tombs and ancient Chinese burial chambers, which were not created with the intention of ever being opened by living people...

Time Capsules
Nancy L. Johnson


Create Your Own
Millennium Time Capsule
Tina Forrester and Sheryl Shapiro


Make Your Own Time Capsule

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