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    Not Just Silt: West Point’s Time Capsule Actually Contained Some Historical Artifacts

    Not Just Silt: West Point's Time Capsule Actually Contained Some Historical Artifacts

    The 194-year-old West Point time capsule that was opened this week and originally believed to contain only silt produced a handful of historical artifacts, the academy said Wednesday.

    Six coins and a commemorative medal were found in the hardened silt at the bottom of the one-cubic-foot lead box that was pried open earlier this week. During a much-anticipated event at West Point's Thayer Hall on Monday, curators, archaeologists and historians appeared disappointed to find mostly hardened sediment in the capsule.

    After analysis, the academy said that it found five coins of varying worth and ages from the 1800s. Another coin, a 5-cent piece, was from 1795, and a nearly two-inch Erie Canal commemorative medal from 1826 emerged from the gray, crusty box as well.

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    “The box didn't quite meet expectations,” Paul Hudson, West Point's archaeologist, said to the crowd as he removed shards of fragmented sediment from the box during the opening Monday. While disappointed, the experts on stage said they would sift through the contents to see whether there was anything of historical interest caked to the bottom.

    “We don't want to think that they went to all the trouble to put this box in the monument and not put anything in it,” Hudson added.

    The complete list of items removed from the box were:

    The time capsule…

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