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The 1990 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records called the Crypt of Civilization at Oglethorpe University "...the first successful attempt to bury a record for any future inhabitants..."

In the November 1936 issue of Scientific American magazine, Dr. Thornwell Jacobs described his plan to create a permanent record - a time capsule - of what life was like on Earth for any future inhabitants. 

Because the first known date in recorded history, 4241 B.C., was 6177 years previous, Jacobs suggested that the Crypt be sealed until 6177 years have passed - thus setting the date for the Crypt's reopening in the year 8113.

The Crypt was officially sealed in 1940. 

Oglethorpe University is proud to be the custodian of the Crypt.  Oglethorpe's administration continues its stewardship and the challenge of keeping alive the memory of this remarkable Georgia time capsule.

The Crypt of Civilization has been featured in stories by the Associated Press, NBC, ABC, CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and other publications.  If you are a member of the press and would like further information about the Crypt or are interested in scheduling an interview, please contact Oglethorpe University's Public Relations office.


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