Cleaning Roman Coins with Frost’s Young Archaeologists

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Students in Peter Colletti’s sixth-grade social studies class at Deer Park’s Robert Frost Middle School recently enjoyed the unique experience of working as archeologists for a week in researching how ancient coins are cleaned.

After conducting research, the middle schoolers wrote papers explaining the information they found. They were then invited to come after school, brushes in hand, and clean ancient Roman coins dating back 2,000 years.

“Mr. Colletti often brings his love of history to the classroom through ancient artifacts,” said Heather Stewart, Deer Park’s curriculum associate for social studies and FACS. “As they cleaned their coins, the students expressed excitement in learning more about the values of early civilization, and one student was thrilled to uncover the Roman Coliseum on her coin.”