Time Capsule From 1795 Found At Massachusetts Statehouse

An expert from the Museum of Fine Arts is delicately chipping away at the cornerstone to extricate the box.


A time capsule buried by patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere more than two centuries ago was unearthed Thursday in Boston.

The capsule was discovered by construction workers making repairs at the Massachusetts State House.  Reports say that the box was placed there in 1795, the year construction began on the building. 

"What we know the box contains, based on the notes that we have, is a Paul Revere plate, papers, and coins from the 1600s," said Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, head of the state's historical commission. "It may contain other stuff too, we don't know that yet," he said.

X-rays are part of the processes being used to determine the contents before the careful task of opening the box.  

"The contents are of concern, but the plaster that held the box in place is in good condition," Galvin said. 


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