The Reading / Listening - Necropolis - Level 1

Archaeologists have found a big cemetery under the sand south of Cairo, Egypt. It is a 2,000-year-old necropolis - a "city of the dead". The necropolis has many coffins and statues. Archaeologists started digging there last year. They found tombs belonging to Thoth. He was a god of the moon and wisdom. People think he invented writing. Egypt's government said: "We will need at least five years to work....This is only the beginning of a new discovery."



Mostafa Waziri, the head of the dig, said his team uncovered eight tombs. He expects to find more. The tombs contain historic treasures. One includes over 1,000 statues, pottery jars and other things. Mr Waziri also said there were 40 sarcophagi. A sarcophagus is a stone coffin. He hopes the new site will help to bring more tourists to Egypt. Fewer have come since the revolution that took place there in 2011.

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Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-contains-message-from-the-afterlife/
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUSKCN1G80QI
  • http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-spectacular-2000-year-old-tomb-complex-discovered-40-sarcophagi-819863


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Archaeologists have found
  2. under the
  3. It is a 2,000-year-
  4. The necropolis has many coffins
  5. Archaeologists started digging
  6. They found tombs belonging
  7. People think he
  8. the beginning of a
  1. old necropolis
  2. invented writing
  3. there last year
  4. to Thoth
  5. a big cemetery
  6. new discovery
  7. sand
  8. and statues

Paragraph 2

  1. the head of
  2. his team uncovered
  3. He expects to
  4. The tombs contain historic
  5. One includes over 1,000
  6. help to bring more tourists
  7. Fewer have come since
  8. that took place
  1. there in 2011
  2. find more
  3. statues
  4. to Egypt
  5. the dig
  6. treasures
  7. eight tombs
  8. the revolution

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists have found (1) ___________________ under the sand south of Cairo, Egypt. It is a 2,000-year-old necropolis - a "city of the dead". The necropolis (2) ___________________ and statues. Archaeologists (3) ___________________ last year. They found tombs belonging to Thoth. He was (4) ___________________ the moon and wisdom. People think he invented writing. Egypt's government said: "We will (5) ___________________ five years to work....This is only the beginning (6) ___________________ discovery."

Mostafa Waziri, the head of the dig, said (7) ___________________ eight tombs. He expects (8) ___________________. The tombs contain historic treasures. One includes over 1,000 statues, (9) ___________________ other things. Mr Waziri also said there were 40 sarcophagi. A sarcophagus is (10) ___________________. He hopes the new site will help to bring (11) ___________________ Egypt. Fewer have come since the revolution that (12) ___________________ in 2011.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ArchaeologistshavefoundabigcemeteryunderthesandsouthofCairo,
Egypt.Itisa2,000-year-oldnecropolis-a"cityofthedead".Thenecropo
lishasmanycoffinsandstatues.Archaeologistsstarteddiggingtherelas
tyear.TheyfoundtombsbelongingtoThoth.Hewasagodofthemoonan
dwisdom.Peoplethinkheinventedwriting.Egypt'sgovernmentsaid:"
Wewillneedatleastfiveyearstowork....Thisisonlythebeginningofane
wdiscovery."MostafaWaziri,theheadofthedig,saidhisteamuncovere
deighttombs.Heexpectstofindmore.Thetombscontainhistorictreasu
res.Oneincludesover1,000statues,potteryjarsandotherthings.MrW
azirialsosaidtherewere40sarcophagi.Asarcophagusisastonecoffin.H
ehopesthenewsitewillhelptobringmoretouriststoEgypt.Fewerhavec
omesincetherevolutionthattookplacetherein2011.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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