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8 Intriguing Time Capsules Still Waiting To Be Dug Up

George Lucas’ Time Capsule

Allow us to indulge our childhood obsession for this spot on the list. Buried somewhere at Skywalker Ranch is a time capsule George Lucas created that’s just teeming with Star Wars goodies. The capsule itself was only buried in 1997, and has no set date to be opened (Lucas has stated he wants it to be discovered by archaeologists in 2,000 years). While he doesn’t even know for sure what exactly is included in the capsule, he did say that it contains a lot of artifacts from the movies and from the company. We can only hope that means there’s a lightsaber in it.

Crypt of Civilization Time Capsule

Via Ogelthorpe University/Wikipedia

Via Ogelthorpe University/Wikipedia

Sealed in 1940 and set to be opened in the year 8113, the Crypt of Civilization time capsule is more than just a spooky name. Built by and buried at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia, the capsule is actually an airtight 2,000-cubic-foot chamber. It was cited as the”first successful attempt to bury a record of this culture for any future inhabitants or visitors to the planet Earth,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and was the largest time capsule until Harold Keith Davisson built his in 1975. The room contains several significant artifacts, including an original movie script of Gone With The Wind, airtight receptacles containing microfilm of more than 800 classic works of literature, and voice recordings of historical figures such as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other objects include seeds, a typewriter, a sewing machine, and other high-tech gadgets from that time period.

University of Pennsylvania Time Capsule

This 450-pound time capsule was buried in 1940, and is schedule to be open in 2040. The thing about this particular project that caught our eyes was the mystery surrounding it. While we know that the capsule includes a speech that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made at the university, that’s about it. The rest of the contents are unknown and, given the fact that the capsule weighs 450 pounds, you’ve got to think there is something significant inside.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Time Capsule

MLK Time Capsule

In 1988, Western Plaza in Washington D.C. became Freedom Plaza in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.s’ “I Have A Dream” speech. To commemorate the moment, a time capsule containing some of King’s personal belongings was buried in the ground beneath. Some of the contents of the capsule include King’s bible, a robe he wore to preach in, and audio recordings of some of his speeches. The time capsule is set to be opened in 2088, and there’s no denying the historical significance of it, nor the man it represents.

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