The Fascinating World of Time Capsules

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Crypt of Civilization

The Crypt of Civilization is a sealed airtight chamber built between 1937 and 1940 at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia, in Metro Atlanta. The 2,000-cubic-foot (57 m3) room contains numerous artifacts and documents. This time capsule is designed for opening in the year 8113 AD.

During the 50th anniversary year of its sealing, the Guinness Book of World Records cited the crypt as the “first successful attempt to bury a record of this culture for any future inhabitants or visitors to the planet Earth.” Thornwell Jacobs, referred to as “the father of the modern time capsule”, claimed to be the first in modern times to conceive the idea of consciously preserving man-made objects for the future generations.