The Reading / Listening - Iraqi Antiquities - Level 5

The UK promised to return more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq. The announcement was made by the UK government during the visit of Iraq's Prime Minister to London this week. The return of antiquities is the largest ever by the UK. Many of the items were stolen and smuggled out of Iraq over the past century. A lot of this happened after the Iraqi wars earlier this century. There is a profitable trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador in London thanked the UK for its help. He said: "We extend our gratitude...for their efforts and cooperation with us."



Many of the artefacts were discovered by British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque from around 2400BC. It was smuggled out of Iraq and put up for auction in 2019. It was seized by police in London. The plaque will be put on public display at the museum before its return. The British Museum said it would continue to work to research these important collections, and to "fight against the illicit trade in antiquities". It added: "It is vital that we preserve and protect the world's cultural heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iraqi Antiquities - Level 4 or  Iraqi Antiquities - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/britain-to-return-5-000-ancient-iraqi-artefacts-1.1098462
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1741376/lifestyle
  • https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200929-britain-to-return-stolen-artefact-to-iraq/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The announcement was made by
  2. The return of
  3. Many of the items
  4. smuggled
  5. after the Iraqi wars
  6. There is a profitable trade
  7. Iraq's ambassador
  8. We extend our
  1. out of Iraq
  2. in London
  3. earlier this century
  4. gratitude
  5. antiquities
  6. were stolen
  7. the UK government
  8. in stolen artefacts

Paragraph 2

  1. discovered by British
  2. One valuable item is a
  3. It was smuggled
  4. put up for auction
  5. The plaque will be put
  6. research these important
  7. the illicit trade
  8. protect the world's cultural
  1. collections
  2. in 2019
  3. heritage
  4. rare Sumerian plaque
  5. in antiquities
  6. out of Iraq
  7. on public display
  8. archaeologists

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK (1) ___________________ more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq. The announcement was made by the UK government (2) ___________________ of Iraq's Prime Minister to London this week. The (3) ___________________ is the largest ever by the UK. Many of the items were stolen and (4) ___________________ Iraq over the past century. A lot of this happened after the Iraqi wars earlier this century. There is a (5) ___________________ stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador in London thanked the UK for its help. He said: "We extend our gratitude...for their (6) ___________________ with us."

Many of the artefacts (7) ___________________ British archaeologists a century ago. One (8) ___________________ a rare Sumerian plaque from around 2400BC. It was smuggled out of Iraq and put up for auction in 2019. It (9) ___________________ police in London. The plaque will be put (10) ___________________ at the museum before its return. The British Museum said it would continue to work to research these important collections, and to "fight against (11) ___________________ in antiquities". It added: "It is vital that we preserve and protect the world's cultural heritage for future generations to (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKpromisedtoreturnmorethan5,000ancientartefactstoIraq.The
announcementwasmadebytheUKgovernmentduringthevisitofIraq's
PrimeMinistertoLondonthisweek.Thereturnofantiquitiesisthelargest
everbytheUK.ManyoftheitemswerestolenandsmuggledoutofIraqov
erthepastcentury.AlotofthishappenedaftertheIraqiwarsearlierthisc
entury.Thereisaprofitabletradeinstolenartefacts.Iraq'sambassadori
nLondonthankedtheUKforitshelp.Hesaid:"Weextendourgratitude...
fortheireffortsandcooperationwithus."Manyoftheartefactsweredisc
overedbyBritisharchaeologistsacenturyago.Onevaluableitemisarar
eSumerianplaquefromaround2400BC.ItwassmuggledoutofIraqand
putupforauctionin2019.ItwasseizedbypoliceinLondon.Theplaquewil
lbeputonpublicdisplayatthemuseumbeforeitsreturn.TheBritishMuse
umsaiditwouldcontinuetoworktoresearchtheseimportantcollections
,andto"fightagainsttheillicittradeinantiquities".Itadded:"Itisvitaltha
twepreserveandprotecttheworld'sculturalheritageforfuturegenerati
onstoappreciateandenjoy."

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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Answers

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