Edgar B. Herwick III, WGBH Curiosity Desk, interviewed Professor Mary Beaudry, graduate student, Jade Luiz, and alumna, Diana Gallagher, about the dig in the North End that has revealed what might be Paul Reveres’ bathroom.
“Privies are like shipwrecks,” said Beaudry, “in the sense that they’re time capsules.”
“People would say to me, ‘is that poop?’ and I’m like, ‘I hope so,’” Gallagher told me, laughing. “That’s what you’re looking for. That’s the only way you’re going to find some of that information.”
“This is, as far as I’m aware, the only known brothel that’s been excavated in Boston,” said Jade Luiz, who is analyzing the Endicott Street brothel privy for her PhD at Boston University.