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Crypt of Civilization
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Crypt of Civilization is considered the first successful implementation of a time capsule. Located in the basement of Phoebe Hearst Hall at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, the Crypt contains hundreds of items representative of the time.
The Crypt is a room 20 feet (6 meters) long, 10 feet (3 m) high and 10 feet (3 m) wide. It is sealed with a great stainless steel door, welded in place. Among the items in the Crypt are microfilms of over 800 books and reference materials, along with audio recordings and movies.
The Crypt is scheduled to be opened in the year 8113. At the time of the Crypt's proposal in 1936, most historians agreed that the establishment of the Egyptian calendar, and therefore the first fixed date in history, occurred in the year 4241 B.C. Thus, when the Crypt is unsealed, it will have been conceived at the midpoint of recorded human history.
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