During excavation for the MIT.nano building, the Department of Facilities unearthed the capsule, whose creators said it could last as many as 3,000 years.
Time capsule meant to last 1,000 years is found at MIT
- When constructing a time capsule in 1957, scientists and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology didn’t rely on a wood or copper box.Instead, they built a cylindrical time capsule made of glass, sturdy enough to withstand the elements for at least 1,000 years.
In January, during the early construction phase of the MIT.nano building, crews from the school’s Department of Facilities stumbled upon the glass canister wedged into a pipe in the ground.
After consulting with Deborah Douglas, MIT’s curator of collections, the school determined that the capsule was placed at the site 58 years ago, just days before a dedication ceremony for the Compton Laboratories — or Building 26 — which had opened that year.
A 1957 photograph shows president James R. Killian Jr. and electrical engineering professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton with the capsule