time capsule

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time capsule (plural time capsules)

  1. A sealed container, buried at some location, that contains records of contemporary life - to be rediscovered in the distant future.
  2. (figuratively) Something reflecting an historical setting by its nature, existing out of time due to isolation or some specific external influence.
    • 2011, Francis Tapon, The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us, page 135:
      As we've seen, Belarus is a Soviet time capsule that continues only because Russia is keeping it on life support.