Oldest time capsule found in Singapore

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160630

A restoration project at Singapore’s oldest Catholic church has uncovered a 173-year-old time capsule, containing artefacts from the 19th century.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160630
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160630

173-year-old time capsule unearthed at Singapore’s oldest Catholic church
Straits Times, 30 June 2016

A 173-year-old time capsule and granite foundation stone of the country’s oldest Catholic church have been unearthed, in what experts describe as a “rare discovery”.

Contractors found the hitherto missing capsule and foundation stone earlier this year while restoring the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd along Queen Street.

The time capsule – possibly the oldest one found here – comprises publications such as a prayer booklet and newspapers from 1843, as well as 24 international 18th- and 19th-century coins and tokens. A foundation stone, or cornerstone, is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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