The Reading / Listening - Iraqi Antiquities - Level 6

Great Britain has promised to return more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq over the next few months. The announcement was made by the British government during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to London earlier this week. The repatriation marks the largest ever return of antiquities by the UK. Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and smuggled out of Iraq over the past century, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the century. There is a lucrative trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was appreciative of the UK's help. He said: "We extend our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us."



Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq were unearthed by British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque that dates back to around 2400BC. It was illegally smuggled out of Iraq and put up for auction in 2019. It was discovered and seized by police in London. The plaque will be put on public display at the museum before its repatriation. The British Museum said it would continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important collections, and in the 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 easier levels:

    Iraqi Antiquities - Level 4  or  Iraqi Antiquities - Level 5

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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. ANTIQUITIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about antiquities. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       promise / ancient / artefacts / visit / antiquities / smuggled / lucrative / ambassador /
       archaeologists / valuable / plaque / museum / repatriation / colleagues / heritage
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RETURN: Students A strongly believe all antiquities should be returned to their country of origin; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CULTURAL HERITAGE: What are examples of your cultural heritage? How important are they to you? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Examples

Importance

Art

 

 

Dance

 

 

Music

 

 

Architecture

 

 

Stories

 

 

Monuments

 

 

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5. CULTURAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "cultural". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ANCIENT ARTEFACTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • The Pyramids
  • Machu Picchu
  • Angkor Wat
  • Stonehenge
  • Pompeii
  • Petra
  • Easter Island Moai
  • Great Wall of China

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. ancient a. Moved goods illegally into or out of a country.
      2. repatriation b. Belonging to the very distant past.
      3. antiquities c. Objects, buildings, or works of art from the ancient past.
      4. smuggled d. Feeling or showing gratitude or pleasure.
      5. lucrative e. The quality of being thankful.
      6. appreciative f. The return of someone or something to their / its original country.
      7. gratitude g. Producing a great deal of profit.

    Paragraph 2

      8. unearthed h. An ornamental tablet, typically of stone, metal, porcelain, or wood.
      9. auction i. All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.
      10. seized j. Maintain something in its original or existing state.
      11. plaque k. Taken hold of suddenly and forcibly.
      12. vital l. Absolutely necessary; essential.
      13. preserve m. Found something in the ground by digging.
      14. generation n. A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The UK will return artefacts to Iraq that are over 5,000 years old.     T / F
  2. The announcement was made when the UK Prime Minister visited Iraq.    T / F
  3. Many of the items were smuggled out of Iraq.     T / F
  4. The article said the trade in stolen artefacts is very lucrative.     T / F
  5. British archaeologists discovered the artefacts 300 years ago.     T / F
  6. A Sumerian plaque dated back 2,400 years.     T / F
  7. The plaque will be in storage until it returns to Iraq.     T / F
  8. The British Museum will fight against the illicit antiquities trade.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. promised
  2. announcement
  3. items
  4. lucrative
  5. gratitude
  6. unearthed
  7. valuable
  8. seized
  9. colleagues
  10. appreciate
  1. value
  2. profitable
  3. discovered
  4. thanks
  5. statement
  6. taken away
  7. vowed
  8. coworkers
  9. articles
  10. precious

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. over the
  2. The repatriation marks
  3. stolen and smuggled
  4. There is a lucrative
  5. We extend our gratitude
  6. artefacts that will soon be on
  7. unearthed by British archaeologists
  8. dates back
  9. The plaque will be put
  10. for future
  1. trade in stolen artefacts
  2. generations
  3. next few months
  4. to the British Museum
  5. on public display
  6. out of Iraq
  7. the largest ever return
  8. a century ago
  9. their way back to Iraq
  10. to around 2400BC

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
few
marks
appreciative
during
century
return
gratitude
smuggled

Great Britain has promised to (1) _____________________ more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq over the next (2) _____________________ months. The announcement was made by the British government (3) _____________________ the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to London earlier this week. The repatriation (4) _____________________ the largest ever return of antiquities by the UK. Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and (5) _____________________ out of Iraq over the past century, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the (6) _____________________. There is a lucrative trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was (7) _____________________ of the UK's help. He said: "We extend our (8) _____________________ to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
display
rare
appreciate
collections
auction
vital
unearthed
repatriation

Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq were (9) _____________________ by British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a (10) _____________________ Sumerian plaque that dates back to around 2400BC. It was illegally smuggled out of Iraq and put up for (11) _____________________ in 2019. It was discovered and seized by police in London. The plaque will be put on public (12) _____________________ at the museum before its (13) _____________________. The British Museum said it would continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important (14) _____________________, and in the fight against the illicit trade in antiquities". It added: "It is (15) _____________________ that we preserve and protect the world's cultural heritage for future generations to (16) _____________________ and enjoy."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Great Britain has promised to return more than 5,000 ______
     a.  ancient artefacts
     b.  ancient art facts
     c.  ancient arty facts
     d.  ancient are tea facts
2)  Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen ______
     a.  and snuggled out
     b.  and struggled out
     c.  and smuggled out
     d.  and snuffed out
3)  over the past century, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning ______
     a.  off the century
     b.  of the century
     c.  oft the century
     d.  aft the century
4)  Iraq's ambassador to the UK ______
     a.  was appreciate
     b.  was a precious tiff
     c.  was app receiving
     d.  was appreciative
5)  We extend our gratitude to the British Museum staff ______
     a.  for them efforts
     b.  for they efforts
     c.  for their efforts
     d.  for fair efforts

6)  Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq ______
     a.  weren't earth
     b.  were on earth
     c.  were unearthed
     d.  were unearth
7)  One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque that dates ______ 2400BC
     a.  back to our end
     b.  back to a rind
     c.  back to abound
     d.  back to around
8)  The plaque will be put on public display at the museum ______
     a.  before its reap repetition
     b.  before its repatriation
     c.  before its reap attrition
     d.  before its repair traction
9)  to research these important collections, and in the fight against ______
     a.  the illicit trade
     b.  the ill sit traded
     c.  the ill-lit trade
     d.  the ills sit trade
10)  It is vital that we preserve and protect the world's ______
     a.  culturally heritage
     b.  cultural heritage
     c.  culture all heritage
     d.  cultural all heritage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Great Britain has (1) ____________________ more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq over the next few months. The announcement was made by the British government during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to London earlier this week. The repatriation (2) ____________________ ever return of antiquities by the UK. Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and smuggled out of Iraq over (3) ____________________, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the century. There is                                (4) ____________________ in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was appreciative of the UK's help. He said: "We (5) ____________________ to the British Museum staff for their (6) ____________________ with us."

Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq (7) ____________________ British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque (8) ____________________ to around 2400BC. It was illegally smuggled out of Iraq and put (9) ____________________ in 2019. It was discovered and seized by police in London. The plaque will be put on (10) ____________________ the museum before its repatriation. The British Museum said it would continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important collections, and in the 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) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. When will the UK return the ancient artefacts?
  2. Who visited London earlier this week?
  3. When were many of the items smuggled out of Iraq?
  4. What did the article say there was a lucrative trade in?
  5. What did the Iraqi ambassador extend to the British Museum?
  6. Who discovered the artefacts a century ago?
  7. What dated back to 2400BC?
  8. Where will a plaque be put on public display?
  9. Who will the British Museum work with?
  10. Who does the British Museum want to preserve artefacts for?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  When will the UK return the ancient artefacts?
a) next week
b) the next few months
c) 2022
d) next year
2) Who visited London earlier this week?
a) students
b) an archaeology expert
c) an auctioneer
d) Iraq's Prime Minister
3) When were many of the items smuggled out of Iraq?
a) over the past century
b) 1,000 years ago
c) in the 1960s
d) in the 15th century
4) What did the article say there was a lucrative trade in?
a) old coins
b) plaques
c) stolen artefacts
d) stones
5) What did the Iraqi ambassador extend to the British Museum?
a) a ladder
b) gratitude
c) an invitation
d) ancient coins

6) Who discovered the artefacts a century ago?
a) a team of builders
b) Iraqi farmers
c) British archaeologists
d) playing children
7) What dated back to 2400BC?
a) a tomb
b) old coins
c) a statue
d) a plaque
8) Where will a plaque be put on public display?
a) the British Museum
b) Baghdad
c) a museum at the UN
d) Paris
9) Who will the British Museum work with?
a) colleagues
b) archaeologists
c) IT experts
d) auctioneers
10) Who does the British Museum want to preserve artefacts for?
a) museumgoers
b) future generations
c) Iraq's Prime Minister
d) historians

Role play

Role  A – The Pyramids
You think the Pyramids is the best cultural site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Angkor Wat, Petra or the Great Wall of China.

Role  B – Angkor Wat
You think Angkor Wat is the best cultural site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): the Pyramids, Petra or the Great Wall of China.

Role  C – Petra
You think Petra is the best cultural site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Angkor Wat, the Pyramids or the Great Wall of China.

Role  D – Great Wall of China
You think the Great Wall of China is the best cultural site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Angkor Wat, Petra or the Pyramids.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'cultural'

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  • and 'heritage'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • promised
    • during
    • marks
    • past
    • trade
    • staff
    • soon
    • item
    • auction
    • continue
    • fight
    • enjoy




    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 - Iraqi Antiquities

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Iraq'?
    3. How important are antiquities?
    4. What do you think of Britain returning the antiquities to Iraq?
    5. Should all countries return antiquities to their country of origin?
    6. What do you think of the return of the artefacts?
    7. Should the British Museum return everything to its original country?
    8. How can police stop the smuggling of antiquities?
    9. What do you think of archaeology?
    10. What do you think of museums?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'antiquity'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What valuable antiquities does your country have?
    5. How important are your country's antiquities to you?
    6. What can we learn from antiquities?
    7. Is looking at an antiquity in a museum better than looking at it online?
    8. How much do you value your cultural heritage?
    9. What parts of today's culture do you want future generations to see?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the British Museum?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Great Britain has promised to return more than 5,000 (1) ____ artefacts to Iraq over the next few months. The announcement was made by the British government (2) ____ the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to London earlier this week. The repatriation (3) ____ the largest ever return of antiquities by the UK. Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and (4) ____ out of Iraq over the past century, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the century. There is a (5) ____ trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was appreciative of the UK's help. He said: "We (6) ____ our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us."

    Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq were (7) ____ by British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque that (8) ____ back to around 2400BC. It was illegally smuggled out of Iraq and put (9) ____ for auction in 2019. It was discovered and seized by police in London. The plaque will be put on public (10) ____ at the museum before its repatriation. The British Museum said it would continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important (11) ____, and in the fight against the illicit trade in antiquities". It added: "It is (12) ____ that we preserve and protect the world's cultural heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     ancestry     (b)     ancestors     (c)     ancient     (d)     ancestral    
    2. (a)     during     (b)     thorough     (c)     though     (d)     between    
    3. (a)     marks     (b)     peaks     (c)     bakes     (d)     wakes    
    4. (a)     smuggled     (b)     struggled     (c)     snuggled     (d)     sparkled    
    5. (a)     obscure     (b)     lucrative     (c)     plucked     (d)     referred    
    6. (a)     lengthen     (b)     broad     (c)     elongate     (d)     extend    
    7. (a)     planted     (b)     tilled     (c)     unearthed     (d)     digging    
    8. (a)     before     (b)     times     (c)     years     (d)     dates    
    9. (a)     up     (b)     down     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     viewer     (b)     display     (c)     look     (d)     watching    
    11. (a)     sets     (b)     collections     (c)     series     (d)     stuff    
    12. (a)     virtual     (b)     viral     (c)     vital     (d)     vicious

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. more than 5,000 aeinctn artefacts
    2. the largest ever return of taeniqiuits
    3. There is a ricvtelua trade in stolen artefacts
    4. cpativeapier of the UK's help
    5. We extend our tuartdgie to the British Museum
    6. for their efforts and otpnaooeirc

    Paragraph 2

    1. One luableva item
    2. a rare Sumerian qeupal
    3. discovered and edzies by police in London
    4. at the museum before its ntrraioatepi
    5. for future eeroitasngn
    6. rpitaaecpe and enjoy

    Put the text back together

    (...)  ago. One valuable item is a rare Sumerian plaque that dates back to around 2400BC. It was illegally
    (...)  London earlier this week. The repatriation marks the largest ever return of antiquities
    (...)  trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was appreciative of the UK's help. He said: "We extend
    (...)  continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important collections, and in the fight
    1  ) Great Britain has promised to return more than 5,000 ancient artefacts to Iraq over the next
    (...)  past century, particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the century. There is a lucrative
    (...)  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."
    (...)  smuggled out of Iraq and put up for auction in 2019. It was discovered and seized by police in London. The plaque will be
    (...)  our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us."
    (...)  by the UK. Many of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and smuggled out of Iraq over the
    (...)  Many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to Iraq were unearthed by British archaeologists a century
    (...)  few months. The announcement was made by the British government during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to
    (...)  put on public display at the museum before its repatriation. The British Museum said it would

    Put the words in the right order

    1. ancient   5,000   to   artefacts   .   Promised   than   return   more
    2. government   .   was   British   The   announcement   made   by   the
    3. repatriation   marks   return   .   ever   the   The   largest
    4. to   stolen   .   return   Iraq   Items   to   set   were
    5. lucrative   in   trade   stolen   artefacts   .   There   a   is
    6. back   .   will   their   Artefacts   be   on   soon   way
    7. on   be   will   plaque   put   display   .   public   The
    8. these   .   Work   Iraqi   our   to   with   colleagues   research
    9. fight   The   against   trade   illicit   antiquities   .   in   the
    10. world's   for   Protect   the   heritage   generations   .   future   cultural

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Great Britain has promised / promissory to return more than 5,000 ancient / ancestor artefacts to Iraq over the next few months. The announcement was made by the British government thorough / during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister to London earlier this week. The expatriates / repatriation marks the largest ever return of antiquities by the UK. Many / Much of the items set to return to Iraq were stolen and smuggled / snuggled out of Iraq over the past century, particular / particularly after the Iraqi wars at the beginning of the century. There is a laxative / lucrative trade in stolen artefacts. Iraq's ambassador to the UK was appreciation / appreciative of the UK's help. He said: "We extend our gravity / gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us."

    Many of the artefacts that will soonish / soon be on their way back to Iraq were unearthed / earthed by British archaeologists a century ago. One valuable item is a rare / rarity Sumerian plaque that years / dates back to around 2400BC. It was illegally smuggled out of Iraq and put down / up for auction in 2019. It was discovered and seized to / by police in London. The plaque will be put on public / publicly display at the museum before its repatriation. The British Museum said it would continue, "to work with our Iraqi colleagues to research these important sets / collections, and in the fight against the illicit trade in antiquities". It added: "It is viral / vital that we preserve and protect the world's cultural heritage for future generations to appreciate / depreciate and enjoy."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    Gr__t Br_t__n h_s pr_m_s_d t_ r_t_rn m_r_ th_n 5,000 _nc__nt _rt_f_cts t_ _r_q _v_r th_ n_xt f_w m_nths. Th_ _nn__nc_m_nt w_s m_d_ by th_ Br_t_sh g_v_rnm_nt d_r_ng th_ v_s_t _f th_ _r_q_ Pr_m_ M_n_st_r t_ L_nd_n __rl__r th_s w__k. Th_ r_p_tr__t__n m_rks th_ l_rg_st _v_r r_t_rn _f _nt_q__t__s by th_ _K. M_ny _f th_ _t_ms s_t t_ r_t_rn t_ _r_q w_r_ st_l_n _nd sm_ggl_d __t _f _r_q _v_r th_ p_st c_nt_ry, p_rt_c_l_rly _ft_r th_ _r_q_ w_rs _t th_ b_g_nn_ng _f th_ c_nt_ry. Th_r_ _s _ l_cr_t_v_ tr_d_ _n st_l_n _rt_f_cts. _r_q's _mb_ss_d_r t_ th_ _K w_s _ppr_c__t_v_ _f th_ _K's h_lp. H_ s__d: "W_ _xt_nd __r gr_t_t_d_ t_ th_ Br_t_sh M_s__m st_ff f_r th__r _ff_rts _nd c__p_r_t__n w_th _s."

    M_ny _f th_ _rt_f_cts th_t w_ll s__n b_ _n th__r w_y b_ck t_ _r_q w_r_ _n__rth_d by Br_t_sh _rch___l_g_sts _ c_nt_ry _g_. _n_ v_l__bl_ _t_m _s _ r_r_ S_m_r__n pl_q__ th_t d_t_s b_ck t_ _r__nd 2400BC. _t w_s _ll_g_lly sm_ggl_d __t _f _r_q _nd p_t _p f_r __ct__n _n 2019. _t w_s d_sc_v_r_d _nd s__z_d by p_l_c_ _n L_nd_n. Th_ pl_q__ w_ll b_ p_t _n p_bl_c d_spl_y _t th_ m_s__m b_f_r_ _ts r_p_tr__t__n. Th_ Br_t_sh M_s__m s__d _t w__ld c_nt_n__, "t_ w_rk w_th __r _r_q_ c_ll__g__s t_ r_s__rch th_s_ _mp_rt_nt c_ll_ct__ns, _nd _n th_ f_ght _g__nst th_ _ll_c_t tr_d_ _n _nt_q__t__s". _t _dd_d: "_t _s v_t_l th_t w_ pr_s_rv_ _nd pr_t_ct th_ w_rld's c_lt_r_l h_r_t_g_ f_r f_t_r_ g_n_r_t__ns t_ _ppr_c__t_ _nd _nj_y."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    great britain has promised to return more than 5000 ancient artefacts to iraq over the next few months the announcement was made by the british government during the visit of the iraqi prime minister to london earlier this week the repatriation marks the largest ever return of antiquities by the uk many of the items set to return to iraq were stolen and smuggled out of iraq over the past century particularly after the iraqi wars at the beginning of the century there is a lucrative trade in stolen artefacts iraqs ambassador to the uk was appreciative of the uks help he said we extend our gratitude to the british museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us

    many of the artefacts that will soon be on their way back to iraq were unearthed by british archaeologists a century ago one valuable item is a rare sumerian plaque that dates back to around 2400bc it was illegally smuggled out of iraq and put up for auction in 2019 it was discovered and seized by police in london the plaque will be put on public display at the museum before its repatriation the british museum said it would continue to work with our iraqi colleagues to research these important collections and in the fight against the illicit trade in antiquities it added it is vital that we preserve and protect the worlds cultural heritage for future generations to appreciate and enjoy

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    GreatBritainhaspromisedtoreturnmorethan5,000ancientartefactsto
    Iraqoverthenextfewmonths.TheannouncementwasmadebytheBriti
    shgovernmentduringthevisitoftheIraqiPrimeMinistertoLondonearlie
    rthisweek.Therepatriationmarksthelargesteverreturnofantiquitiesb
    ytheUK.ManyoftheitemssettoreturntoIraqwerestolenandsmuggled
    outofIraqoverthepastcentury,particularlyaftertheIraqiwarsatthebe
    ginningofthecentury.Thereisalucrativetradeinstolenartefacts.Iraq's
    ambassadortotheUKwasappreciativeoftheUK'shelp.Hesaid:"Weext
    endourgratitudetotheBritishMuseumstafffortheireffortsandcoopera
    tionwithus."ManyoftheartefactsthatwillsoonbeontheirwaybacktoIra
    qwereunearthedbyBritisharchaeologistsacenturyago.Onevaluableit
    emisarareSumerianplaquethatdatesbacktoaround2400BC.Itwasille
    gallysmuggledoutofIraqandputupforauctionin2019.Itwasdiscovere
    dandseizedbypoliceinLondon.Theplaquewillbeputonpublicdisplayat
    themuseumbeforeitsrepatriation.TheBritishMuseumsaiditwouldcon
    tinue,"toworkwithourIraqicolleaguestoresearchtheseimportantcoll
    ections,andinthefightagainsttheillicittradeinantiquities".Itadded:"It
    isvitalthatwepreserveandprotecttheworld'sculturalheritageforfutur

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    Write about Iraqi antiquities for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All antiquities should be returned to their country of origin. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ANTIQUITIES: Make a poster about antiquities. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RETURN: Write a magazine article about all countries returning all antiquities to their country of origin. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on antiquities. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on the importance of antiquities. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

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    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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