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"If you want to understand
today, you have to search yesterday."
Remember the time you
and your friends found∑
Or maybe the time
you wrote an amazing∑
What is your favorite
do you live?
A Gift to the Next Generation
"It's over here," Kelly yelled while digging the dry ground below her.
It was a warm spring day, and Kelly was happy to have come home from school
to throw on a pair of summer shorts. Her mom had laughed at her.
"Getting ready for summer already, sweetie," she said as Kelly and her
kid brother, Joey, grabbed a toy shovel and some pails, bolting for the
door. "Don't be out to late!" Kelly's mother reminded as Kelly
and Joey closed the door, hurrying down to the banks of a small river that
ran along side their house. Kelly thought to herself, "Don't be out
too late? Mom just doesn't understand." She and Joey would have to
dig extra fast.
is it, what is it?" Joey screamed, throwing down his shovel and running
to his sister's side.
it's a tomahawk," Kelly answered, twisting the smooth, white arrow-shaped
rock in her hand. "See, I told you there would be treasures down by the
Joey said. "And guess what Kelly! We have our own treasure!"
got back to digging at once. She had only a little bit of time left
to make a hole deep enough to bury her treasure. She was so proud
of what she had made. Joey had even helped. She had decorated
the box and even written a couple of stories in sealed letters. "Whoever
finds my box is going to be so surprised," thought Kelly.
remembered the time she first thought of making a time capsule. She
was in Mrs. Wahburn‚s class and they were learning about ancient civilizations.
She had read in a "Dragonfly" magazine about "The Silent Houses of Sand
Canyon Pueblo." Kelly decided that she wanted to leave something
for an archeologist to find about her generation when he was digging for
clues about 1999. Joey had helped her collect all of the things for
her time capsule box, and her mom had gotten some extra important stuff
like a floppy disc. She wanted the archeologist to know everything.
Joey, bring the capsule over. I think I've dug far enough,"
happily paraded over to Kelly with the box. As they lowered it into
the ground and began to cover the shoebox up with dirt, they wondered just
who would find it years later. Kelly put the tomahawk she had found
in her pocket. They headed home, leaving behind a small bit of history
buried by the riverbank.
Capsules are a way that people in the future can
find out about the past. Usually, a person will bury what is important
to them, as well as relevant items to the culture around them, in some
kind of container. The container remains buried until a specified
date, at which people from the future recover it. This is similar
to archeologists that uncover ancient artifacts to learn more about the
past. By creating time capsules, we are preserving history for archeologists
to discover in the future. An example of this is a time capsule that
was sealed at the site of the 1939 New York's World Fair. The time
capsule is not to be opened for another five thousand years, in 6939!
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