Weird History

Archaeologists Dug Up Paul Revere's Outhouse, And Here's What They Found

In September 2017, archaeologists began excavation on an outhouse, or a privy, found behind the Pierce-Hichborn house, which sits next door to Paul Revere's family home in Boston. Revere, most known for warning the colonists that the British were coming during the Revolutionary War, is an important historical figure in American history — and apparently a lot can be learned from his bathroom habits.

It took a long time for archaeologists to begin digging through ancient toilets, but once they did, they discovered that these sites held a plethora of information about the people who lived in those areas at certain times. Historians are hoping the dig at the Pierce-Hichborn house will give way to a whole host of new information about Revolutionary-era America.