The Reading / Listening - Level 2

We have a better idea of what people wore 5,000 years ago. Scientists studied the material that was on the body of a man who died in Europe 5,300 years ago. His body was frozen under ice. Archaeologists found him in a glacier in 1991. They called him Otzi the Iceman. They also found Otzi's accessories and weapons. Scientists studied everything they found to get an idea of how early humans looked, their food and their clothes. They even have an idea of what Otzi sounded like. Otzi also provided "rare and valuable information" about how humans used animals.



Otzi's clothes were from several different animals. His leggings were made from goat leather. He wore a hat made from bear fur. His leather coat was from at least four different kinds of animals. His shoes were made from grass. Otzi's body was covered in 61 tattoos. Scientists say these were to make pain go away and not for beauty. Otzi was 45 when he died. This was old for a man 5,000 years ago. He had problems with his heart and with his teeth. Scientists say he did not die naturally. He was murdered. Someone killed him with an arrow, which hit him in the head.

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Sources
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/19/health/otzi-iceman-ancient-clothes/
  • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/otzi-iceman-european-alps-mummy-clothing-dna-leather-fur-archaeology/
  • http://www.popsci.com/iceman-wore-five-different-animal-products-on-his-final-journey


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We have a better idea of
  2. a man who died in Europe
  3. His body was frozen
  4. Scientists studied everything
  5. get an idea of how early
  6. an idea of what Otzi sounded
  7. rare and valuable
  8. how humans
  1. like
  2. information
  3. they found
  4. used animals
  5. 5,300 years ago
  6. under ice
  7. what people wore
  8. humans looked

Paragraph 2

  1. Otzi's clothes were from several
  2. His leggings were made
  3. bear
  4. Otzi's body was covered
  5. He had problems
  6. he did not die
  7. Someone killed him
  8. hit him
  1. from goat leather
  2. with his heart
  3. with an arrow
  4. in the head
  5. naturally
  6. different animals
  7. in 61 tattoos
  8. fur

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We have (1) ___________________ what people wore 5,000 years ago. Scientists studied the material that (2) ___________________ of a man who died in Europe 5,300 years ago. His body was (3) ___________________. Archaeologists found him in a glacier in 1991. They called him Otzi the Iceman. They also found Otzi's accessories and weapons. Scientists (4) ___________________ they found to get an idea of how early humans looked, their food and their clothes. They even (5) ___________________ of what Otzi sounded like. Otzi also provided "(6) ___________________ information" about how humans used animals.

Otzi's clothes were from (7) ___________________ animals. His leggings were made from goat leather. He (8) ___________________ made from bear fur. His leather coat was from at least four different (9) ___________________. His shoes were made from grass. Otzi's body was covered in 61 tattoos. Scientists say these were to (10) ___________________ away and not for beauty. Otzi was 45 when he died. This was old for a man 5,000 years ago. He had problems (11) ___________________ and with his teeth. Scientists say he did not die naturally. He was murdered. Someone killed him (12) ___________________, which hit him in the head.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wehaveabetterideaofwhatpeoplewore5,000yearsago.Scientistsstu
diedthematerialthatwasonthebodyofamanwhodiedinEurope5,300y
earsago.Hisbodywasfrozenunderice.Archaeologistsfoundhiminagla
cierin1991.TheycalledhimOtzitheIceman.TheyalsofoundOtzi'sacces
soriesandweapons.Scientistsstudiedeverythingtheyfoundtogetanid
eaofhowearlyhumanslooked,theirfoodandtheirclothes.Theyevenha
veanideaofwhatOtzisoundedlike.Otzialsoprovided"rareandvaluablei
nformation"abouthowhumansusedanimals.Otzi'sclotheswerefroms
everaldifferentanimals.Hisleggingsweremadefromgoatleather.Hew
oreahatmadefrombearfur.Hisleathercoatwasfromatleastfourdiffere
ntkindsofanimals.Hisshoesweremadefromgrass.Otzi'sbodywascove
redin61tattoos.Scientistssaytheseweretomakepaingoawayandnotf
orbeauty.Otziwas45whenhedied.Thiswasoldforaman5,000yearsag
o.Hehadproblemswithhisheartandwithhisteeth.Scientistssayhedidn
otdienaturally.Hewasmurdered.Someonekilledhimwithanarrow,whi
chhithiminthehead.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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