In the summer of 2016 Erik Bünger, Steven Cuzner and I we buried a time capsule deep below the city of Lublin. The capsule was full of strange and wonderful artefacts and we had taken the most meticulous measures to make sure that they would survive for thousands of years underground. The most indestructible materials were searched out; acid was carefully removed; an inert gas was injected into the interior of the capsule so that no oxygen could interfere with the contents. The ceremony was watched over by city officials and townspeople. Festive speeches were held and solemn oaths were taken. An orchestra played while the capsule was lowered into the ground.
Four weeks later the same orchestra played as the capsule was lifted back up into the daylight. As we unscrewed the lid thousands of years disappeared in a single second. A dumbfounded audience watched us carefully inspect the contents.
What happened during all this time? Did the artifacts return from below unchanged? Was time able to interfere after all? Why were such careful precautions taken if all had to go up in smoke a mere four weeks later? Was it really necessary? Was it really unnecessary? Only Time will tell.