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Peasley sixth graders explore Rosewell ruins

On a beautiful November morning, about 170 Peasley Middle School sixth graders descended on the grounds of the Rosewell ruins and the Middle Peninsula State Park for a day of learning. 

The students, equipped with clipboards and papers, were divided into groups and visited a number of activity stations where they engaged in math, language arts, history and science lessons. 

At the ruins, the students measured and weighed bricks in an effort to determine how many may have been used in building the mansion. They also sketched the building, and heard about its history and architecture from Jeff Klee, an architectural historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 

A favorite stop for many was where they learned a little about archaeology and prehistoric finds before sifting through dirt from shovel test pits in a hunt for artifacts. Guided by volunteers, the students uncovered brick and wine bottle fragments and a good portion of an Archaic period spear point. At ...

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