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Books, coins, ammunition, and documents from the 1880s were among the artifacts found in a time capsule discovered under a statue of a Confederate leader in Virginia.

Crews complete removal of General Robert E Lee statue made the discovery on Monday, with the content corresponding to a time capsule that historians have long been searching for.

Virginia Library records suggest that dozens of Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed 60 objects to the capsule – including Confederate material – which was placed under the statue in 1887.

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Reports from the late 1800s detailed the placement of the capsule

Virginia Department of Historic Resources chief curator Kate Ridgway said the contents were wet, “but it’s not soup,” adding, “It’s in better shape than expected.”

The box, which weighed 36 pounds, was found in water in a small alcove in the statue’s pedestal.

The contents of the well-packed box had expanded from the moisture and stuck together, making it difficult to unpack. The restorers therefore decided to reduce the pressure by cutting one side.

Historical records had led to some speculation that the capsule might contain a rare and historically significant photo of late President Abraham Lincoln, with a line from a newspaper article listing among the contents a “photo of Lincoln lying in his coffin.”

However, conservators found a printed image of an 1865 issue of Harper’s Weekly, which appeared to show a grieving figure from Lincoln’s grave, but it didn’t appear to be the long-awaited photograph.

Harold Holzer, a Lincoln historian and scholar, previously said he believed it was highly unlikely that the capsule contained an actual photo of the former president in his coffin, as the only known photo was taken by photographer Jeremiah Gurney at New York City Hall on April 24, 1865..

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The capsule was found in the remains of a pedestal that once contained a statue of Robert E Lee.
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The contents of the box had expanded due to the humidity and had stuck

Lee is a deeply divisive figure in the United States, with a number of places removing the reference to it from public spaces the light at George Floyd’s murder last year and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Richmond statue was removed in September, with crews continuing to work to dismantle the plinth and search for the buried artifact.

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The workers recovered the copper box
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The x-ray on the box alluded to its contents Photo: @ GovernorVA / Twitter

A similar box was found earlier in the month, but when opened it only contained a few pounds and coins.

Investigators speculated that it was left behind by construction staff and was not the treasure trove of artifacts they were looking for.

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