Time capsule from 1800s discovered - containing a newspaper and 120-year-old bottle of whisky

Construction workers found the tin near Kingussie in the Cairngorms

Michael Segalov
Wednesday 26 August 2015 14:42 BST
The artifacts found in the time capsule
The artifacts found in the time capsule (Highland Folk Museum)

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Construction workers in the Scottish Highlands have found what appears to be a time capsule that was buried in the 1800s.

The metal tin similar in size to a shoe box was found by workers from construction company Morgan Sindall as they worked on Ruthven road bridge, near Kingussie in the Cairngorms.

Inside was a bottle of liquid, currently believed to be whisky, which appeared to have remained intact.

This bottle is believed to contain whiskey
This bottle is believed to contain whiskey (Highland Folk Museum)

The artefacts, which also include a paper scroll and a newspaper dated from September 1894, are now in the hands of the Highland Folk Museum, just a few miles down the road.

Robert Ogg, of Morgan Sindall, told the BBC he found it "fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge's structure for 121 years".

The newspaper found from 1894
The newspaper found from 1894 (Highland Folk Museum)

"The changes which have occurred since it was placed there are extraordinary," he said.

"If you think that the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed.

"We have actually been working with Kingussie Primary School to create our own time capsule which we hope will last as long."

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