The Reading / Listening - Stonehenge - Level 1

Scientists have found more about who built the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge - the world-famous ancient stone monument in England. It has been a mystery for thousands of years. Scientists say the builders of Stonehenge could have come from Wales, 160 kilometres away. Researchers said the human bones they found at Stonehenge were from mountains in Wales. The oldest human remains found date back over 5,000 years.



Stonehenge is a ring of giant stones. Each stone is four metres high and weighs 25 tons. Scientists say Stonehenge was a burial mound. They are not sure how people moved the giant stones from Wales to Stonehenge. They believe people buried at Stonehenge helped transport the stones. A researcher said: "People from the [Welsh mountains] not only supplied the bluestones used to build the stone circle but moved with the stones and were buried there too."

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Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2018/08/03/635363118/builders-of-stonehenge-may-have-been-from-wales-more-than-100-miles-away
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/who-built-stonehenge-ancient-druids-britons-pre-roman-a8474381.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/02/revealed-stonehenge-buried-welsh


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. more about who built the 5,000-
  2. the world-famous ancient stone
  3. a mystery for thousands
  4. the builders
  5. human bones they
  6. from mountains
  7. The oldest human
  8. date back
  1. found at Stonehenge
  2. remains
  3. of Stonehenge
  4. over 5,000 years
  5. monument
  6. year-old Stonehenge
  7. of years
  8. in Wales

Paragraph 2

  1. Stonehenge is a ring
  2. Each stone is four
  3. Stonehenge was a burial
  4. They are not
  5. how people moved
  6. people buried
  7. People from the Welsh
  8. build the stone
  1. mound
  2. sure
  3. mountains
  4. metres high
  5. circle
  6. of giant stones
  7. at Stonehenge
  8. the giant stones

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have found more (1) ___________________ the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge - the world-famous ancient (2) ___________________ England. It has been (3) ___________________ thousands of years. Scientists say the builders of Stonehenge could (4) ___________________ Wales, 160 kilometres away. Researchers said the human bones they found at Stonehenge (5) ___________________ in Wales. The oldest human remains found (6) ___________________ 5,000 years.

Stonehenge is a (7) ___________________ stones. Each stone is four metres (8) ___________________ 25 tons. Scientists say Stonehenge (9) ___________________ mound. They are not sure how people moved the giant stones from Wales to Stonehenge. They believe people buried at Stonehenge helped (10) ___________________. A researcher said: "People from the [Welsh mountains] not only supplied the bluestones (11) ___________________ the stone circle but moved with the stones and were (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundmoreaboutwhobuiltthe5,000-year-oldStoneh
enge-theworld-famousancientstonemonumentinEngland.Ithasbee
namysteryforthousandsofyears.ScientistssaythebuildersofStonehe
ngecouldhavecomefromWales,160kilometresaway.Researcherssai
dthehumanbonestheyfoundatStonehengewerefrommountainsinWa
les.Theoldesthumanremainsfounddatebackover5,000years.Stoneh
engeisaringofgiantstones.Eachstoneisfourmetreshighandweighs25
tons.ScientistssayStonehengewasaburialmound.Theyarenotsureho
wpeoplemovedthegiantstonesfromWalestoStonehenge.Theybeliev
epeopleburiedatStonehengehelpedtransportthestones.Aresearcher
said:"Peoplefromthe[Welshmountains]notonlysuppliedtheblueston
esusedtobuildthestonecirclebutmovedwiththestonesandwereburied
theretoo."

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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