Richmond, Virginia, December 28, 2021
Copper's Biocidal and Fungicidal Properties Preserves
Civil War Artifacts Found Under Robert E. Lee Monument
The Washington Post reported that a time capsule, a copper
box, was found after a statue of Robert E. Lee was removed
by an order issued by the Governor of Virginia. The article
said that that the "copper box did a surprisingly good job of weathering 134 years." The copper time capsule, or copper
box, was buried back in 1887.
Kate Ridgway, archaeological conservator for the Virginia Department of Historical Resources "speculated that the
copper material of the box had acted as a fungicide and
biocide to kill microorganisms that might otherwise have
eaten the paper items within."
After opening the copper time capsule, The conservators
"found that many items were wet and stuck together, but
they were mostly intact." Ridgeway said that "We thought
that everything would be soup, and it's not soup, so that's