Fighting Corrosion to Save an Ancient Greek Bronze (Advanced Level)


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Students study an ancient bronze statue, analyze its pose, and
discover how conservators remove and prevent corrosion. They learn
that the bronze used to make this sculpture is an alloy of copper
and tin with small amounts of antimony, lead, iron, silver, nickel,
and cobalt. They use the periodic table to research the chemical
formulas of compounds used to make bronze. After learning about
oxidation-reduction reactions that occurred in the statue, students
speculate about the conservation techniques needed to conserve the
bronze sculpture.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Visual Arts & Performing Arts, Science

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