What's under Revere's house? With radar, scientists take peek





The grounds of the Paul Revere House, Boston's oldest building and a historic Colonial landmark, are getting an examination. But there will be no probing; the procedure is noninvasive.

Using a technology called ground penetrating radar, Allen Gontz, an assistant professor of environmental, earth, and ocean sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, began a series of soil tests at the North End site on Tuesday. He is looking for gas lines, water pipes, and deep features like wells, privies, and previous foundations.

Gontz's data will help guide the Paul Revere Memorial Association as it plans the renovation of nearby Lathrop Place, a parcel and two-family house built in 1835.

"It's just an added dimension, additional information that can be considered when planning," said Ellen Burkland, the city archeologist at the mayor's office who has assisted with the project and collaborated with Gontz in the past. The Revere Association plans to renovate the Lathrop Place house for educational programs.


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