When he finally dug the mystery object out of the ground, however, it became apparent that this was no ordinary discarded bottle. Indeed, what he found was a large black jar covered by tape.
His first thought was that the jar might contain money or drugs that someone had hidden away but never collected. Another realistic possibility was that it was a time capsule – a container full of items from the past meant to act as a means of communicating with future generations.
However, what the jar really contained was far more bizarre. Indeed, beneath the sealed plastic cap was a thick dark liquid which he described as having a “sickly sweet smell” and “the consistency of runny marmalade.”