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Guns and Roses

MICHAEL S. NASSANEY, UZI BARAM, JAMES C. GARMAN and MICHAEL F. MILEWSKI

in Beneath the Ivory Tower

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034225.003.0005
Guns and Roses

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The collective effort in the recovery of a time capsule at the University of Massachusetts galvanized the fascination with time capsule creators and their intentions. The discovery raises a series of interesting questions about the act of encapsulating time. Similarly, the relationship of ritual to artifact becomes especially pertinent in treating time capsules as archaeological assemblages. However, despite the efforts made in their selection, time capsule inventories are arguably of less significance than the motivations for their creation and the rituals surrounding their burial. This chapter addresses these issues by considering two University of Massachusetts time capsules. It begins with a description of the events surrounding the interment of the first capsule in 1877 and its recovery from a hillside overlooking the center of the campus 114 years later.

Keywords: time capsules; University of Massachusetts; rituals; artifact; archaeological assemblages; burial; interment

Chapter.  8193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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