Children's LiteratureHow will historians in the year 5000 study our century? Will they examine plastic in landfills or will they discover time capsules? This well written book should intrigue readers who never gave a second thought to time capsules before. The history of time capsules begins with its precursor, the Egyptian pyramid. Historians have found the treasures buried alongside mummified rulers invaluable information sources. Shouldn't a time capsule, intentionally preserved for future generations, be of even greater value? The 1940 Crypt of Civilization project at Oglethorpe University contains a device to teach English in case the people who open it speak another language. Japan's World Exposition Time Capsule was considered high-tech in 1970, yet its contents would be considered old-fashioned today. The National Millennium Time Capsule sits in the National Archives awaiting the year 2100. While the flurry over turn-of-the century time capsules has passed, teachers should find the concepts raised in this book useful in the classroom. Students could have lively debates over what items reflect our current society and would be worthy of inclusion in a time capsule. Black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, directions for making time capsules and an annotated list of web sites round out this interesting book.