Fighting Corrosion to Save an Ancient Greek Bronze

Study corrosion on bronze statues with a hands-on lesson. As pupils place a penny in water with salt, they observe the changes in the penny throughout a period of a week. They then analyze the pre-conservation and the post-conservation conditions of the ancient Greek statue Victorious Youth.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate into a lesson on ancient Greece, and connect to a science unit on chemical reactions
  • Encourage learners to perform the hands-on portion of the activity at home or in small groups in the classroom



Classroom Considerations
  • Link to the video in the intermediate and advanced levels does not work, but video is readily available online with a quick search
  • Connects science and art history in an innovating way
  • Provides student reference pages
  • Includes intermediate and advanced levels of the lesson
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