Something wicked cool is happening in Boston right now. We are actually going to get to take a look into a time capsule that is over 220 years old. The capsule was originally placed in a corner stone in the Massachusetts state Capital building in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
This is actually not the first time that this time capsule was opened. The box was first discovered in 1855 and then reburied until it’s most recent discovery in December. Originally the capsule was made of cowhide, but when they found it in 1855, they transferred the contents into a copper box. Officials believe that they likely already know what is inside the box based on the records found from 1855. And once it was found in December, it was taken to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts where they were able to take X-rays and corroborate the old records.
So this will be the first time in 160 years that anyone has actually seen the old treasures. When they found the capsule in 1855, the contents were documented and cleaned, but officials are worried that because the items were cleaned with acid, they may have sustained some damage.
What they can tell from the old records and the X-rays that were just taken is that the box contains a collection of copper and silver coins which date back to 1652, an engraved silver plate, a copper medal which features George Washington, various newspapers, the seal of the Commonwealth, cards, and Massachusetts Colony records.
The only mystery is the condition of these old treasures. Experts are afraid that they may have deteriorated over time.