A look inside the 220-year-old Boston time capsule as presented by: Telegraph Media Group

Using her grandfatherís dental tool and a porcupine quill, Pam Hatchfield carefully and delicately removed an array of artefacts dating back to the American Revolution from a small brass box. Her task as head of objects conservation at Bostonís Museum of Fine Arts was to retrieve items which were first place in a time capsule at the State House in 1795. Originally placed in a cowhide container in 1795, they were excavated in 1855 after being discovered in the foundations of the Boston State House. Above, conservator Pam Hatchfield holds a copper medal depicting the first US President George Washington, which she removed from the time capsule. Then amid much celebration they were sealed in a brass container and buried back in the cornerstone of the building, where they lay undisturbed until last month. They were retrieved, having been located by radar, after workmen were sent in to tackle damp in the building. Retrieving items out of a cowhide bag is one thing, extracting them from a brass box was another.

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