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North End

Katherine Nanny Naylor Privy

seeds & pits
Some of the over 250,000 seeds and pits found in the Naylor privy.

Katherine Nanny Naylor and her family lived in the North End from 1630 to about 1715. Using the historic documents of her divorce from her abusive second husband and artifacts retrieved from her privy, archaeologists can recount her story as a single-parent with great detail. Her 17th-century privy has preserved the oldest wooden lawn bowling ball in America. Other remarkable finds include over 250,000 seeds and pits from several types of fruit and over 158 fragments of silk, ribbon, and lace.


Katherine Nanny Naylor

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