MIT uncovered a time capsule from 1957 during an excavation for a new building

Construction workers found something special while digging the foundation for a new building at MIT. The workers came across a time capsule from 1957, according to MIT News.

The time capsule was buried in honor of the opening of the Karl Taylor Compton Labs over 50 years ago.

The capsule, which suggested it be opened in the year 2957, contained items that represented the state of science when it was buried in 1957, and the technologies of the future. It also contained letters, a book, new coins from the First National Bank of Boston, a class of 1957 mug, and other small items, according to MIT News.


There are at least eight other time capsules buried on MIT’s campus, according to MIT News.

“I think it reminds us of a community that also likes to mark special occasions and moments,’’ Deborah Douglas, the director of collections for the MIT Museum told MIT News.

The 1957 capsule was a specially designed glass cylinder and contained argon gas to preserve the contents. A little bit of carbon-14 was also added so scientists could date the capsule.

Read the full story by MIT News.

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