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A time capsule buried by American patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere more than 200 years ago was just unearthed in Boston Massachusetts.

Dating back to 1795, the Revolutionary-era duo hid a box-shaped capsule full of coins and artifacts in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. Incredible!

So what was found inside?

When current-day workers repairing a water leak found the hidden antique, they called in a local expert from the Museum of Fine Arts who spent the better part of Thursday delicately and painstakingly chipping away at the cornerstone trying to extricate it.

“What we know the box contains, based on the notes that we have, is a Paul Revere plate, papers, and coins from the 1600s,” said Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, who also heads the state’s historical commission. “It may contain other stuff too, we don’t know that yet,” he said.

Galvin told CNN that the capsule’s contents are expected to be revealed sometime next week. For now, it’s getting some TLC and a thorough exam — including X-rays — by the museum’s staff.

“The contents are of concern, but the plaster that held the box in place is in good condition,” he said.

This is not the first time this particular capsule was unearthed, according to Galvin. In 1855 it was dug up during emergency repairs to the State House and put back in place when the cornerstone was reset.


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