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Archaeologist uncovers primitive email in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN makes C-NET! Included are glimpses of "a primitive Internet society."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.–A 1995 e-mail extracted from the hard drive of a recently unearthed Compaq desktop PC offers a tantalizing glimpse into the day-to-day life of a primitive Internet society, said the archaeologists responsible for its discovery.

They should go through my garage!

“We’re very excited by this find, because only by understanding our e-mail past can we hope to understand our e-mail present and future,” said Northwestern University archaeology professor Lane Caspari, who has been leading the dig through the equipment storage area of a Knoxville-area credit union since late April, on Tuesday. “The discovery also sheds new light on the 1990s–an era we know very little about.”

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2 thoughts on “Archaeologist uncovers primitive email in Knoxville

  1. Alright, how much of a geek does it make me that I found a “mistake” in the story? (They use the address of scully666@compuserve.com, but in 1995, a compuserve e-mail address still looked like, 740032005@compuserve.com).

  2. Haha! Good find.

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