The Reading / Listening - Mummies - Level 2

Archaeologists have found a tomb with three mummies inside it. The tomb is over 3,500 years old. The mummies are a woman and her two sons, who were in their 20s and 30s. Archaeologists say the tomb belonged to a royal goldsmith called Amenemhat. The woman may be his wife. There was a statue of the goldsmith, sitting beside the woman. The tomb is near the city of Luxor on the River Nile. Luxor is 700km south of Egypt's capital Cairo. Archaeologists say the woman was about 50 when she died. The woman died because of a bone disease. All three bodies were in very good condition.



The site that contains Amenemhat's tomb had a courtyard and two burial shafts. A team of Egyptian archaeologists found it. The team spent six years digging on the site. Archaeologist Dr Yousef Khalifa told Arab News: "Luxor alone has one-third of the world's ancient monuments and visitors will enjoy exploring the newly found ancient Egyptian relics." Dr Khalifa thinks the new mummies will help Egypt's tourism industry. He said many tourists will come to see them. Egypt's head of antiquities, Dr Khaled al-Anani, hopes archaeologists will find more mummies in the area.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mummies - Level 0 Mummies - Level 1   or  Mummies - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41213024
  • http://www.arabnews.com/node/1158491/offbeat
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/09/africa/egypt-luxor-ancient-tomb/index.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a tomb with three mummies
  2. a woman and her two
  3. in their
  4. near the city of Luxor
  5. Luxor is 700km south of
  6. the woman was about 50
  7. The woman died because
  8. ll three bodies were in very
  1. of a bone disease
  2. 20s and 30s
  3. Egypt's capital Cairo
  4. good condition
  5. inside it
  6. on the River Nile
  7. sons
  8. when she died

Paragraph 2

  1. The team spent six years
  2. one-third of the world's ancient
  3. visitors will enjoy
  4. the newly found ancient
  5. help Egypt's tourism
  6. many tourists will
  7. Egypt's head
  8. find more mummies
  1. Egyptian relics
  2. of antiquities
  3. industry
  4. in the area
  5. digging on the site
  6. exploring
  7. monuments
  8. come to see them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists (1) ___________________ tomb with three mummies inside it. The (2) ___________________ 3,500 years old. The mummies are a woman and her two sons, who were in their (3) ___________________. Archaeologists say the tomb belonged to a royal goldsmith called Amenemhat. The woman may be his wife. There (4) ___________________ the goldsmith, sitting beside the woman. The tomb is near the city of Luxor on the River Nile. Luxor is (5) ___________________ Egypt's capital Cairo. Archaeologists say the woman was about 50 when she died. The woman died because of a bone disease. All three bodies (6) ___________________ good condition.

The (7) ___________________ Amenemhat's tomb had a courtyard and two burial shafts. A team of Egyptian archaeologists found it. The team spent six (8) ___________________ the site. Archaeologist Dr Yousef Khalifa told Arab News: "Luxor alone has one-third of the world's (9) ___________________ and visitors will enjoy (10) ___________________ found ancient Egyptian relics." Dr Khalifa thinks the new mummies will help Egypt's (11) ___________________. He said many tourists will come to see them. Egypt's head of antiquities, Dr Khaled al-Anani, hopes archaeologists will find (12) ___________________ the area.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Archaeologistshavefoundatombwiththreemummiesinsideit.Thetom
bisover3,500yearsold.Themummiesareawomanandhertwosons,wh
owereintheir20sand30s.Archaeologistssaythetombbelongedtoaroy
algoldsmithcalledAmenemhat.Thewomanmaybehiswife.Therewasa
statueofthegoldsmith,sittingbesidethewoman.Thetombisnearthecit
yofLuxorontheRiverNile.Luxoris700kmsouthofEgypt'scapitalCairo.
Archaeologistssaythewomanwasabout50whenshedied.Thewomand
iedbecauseofabonedisease.Allthreebodieswereinverygoodcondition
.ThesitethatcontainsAmenemhat'stombhadacourtyardandtwoburia
lshafts.AteamofEgyptianarchaeologistsfoundit.Theteamspentsixye
arsdiggingonthesite.ArchaeologistDrYousefKhalifatoldArabNews:"L
uxoralonehasone-thirdoftheworld'sancientmonumentsandvisitorsw
illenjoyexploringthenewlyfoundancientEgyptianrelics."DrKhalifathi
nksthenewmummieswillhelpEgypt'stourismindustry.Hesaidmanyto
uristswillcometoseethem.Egypt'sheadofantiquities,DrKhaledal-An
ani,hopesarchaeologistswillfindmoremummiesinthearea.

Student survey

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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