Into the “Immortal Well”: Uses of Time Capsules in the Present

Emily Beliveau


Time capsules receive very little scholarly attention considering the popularity of almost everything else vaguely historical. Despite the banality of their contents, the act of compiling a capsule represents a material manifestation of public historical consciousness. Two millennial projects provide fodder for a discussion of the implications of time capsules as a vehicle to project a fragmented past into the imagined future.

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