The Reading / Listening - Metal Detecting - Level 1

The British Museum reported record levels of historical discoveries. People found more than 47,000 objects. People used metal detectors in the countryside to find old coins and other treasure. Metal detecting is a good hobby during coronavirus because social distancing is easy. People put their discoveries on an app on the museum's website. The U.K. Culture Minister said: "It is brilliant to see the [app] growing from strength to strength."



The museum said that perhaps the best find among the new discoveries are coins. Someone found 50 South African solid gold coins near London. Another find contained gold coins and one silver coin with the faces of British kings. These coins were buried in the 16th century. Another find was from ancient Roman furniture from AD 43-200. It had the face of the god Oceanus on it. The museum said the finds are important for understanding Britain's past.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Metal Detecting - Level 0 Metal Detecting - Level 2   or  Metal Detecting - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/lockdown-garden-archaeology-trnd/index.html
  • https://nypost.com/2020/12/11/british-gardeners-find-archeological-gems-during-quarantine/
  • https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/tudor-coins-0014657


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The British Museum reported
  2. historical
  3. People found more
  4. People used metal
  5. old coins and
  6. social
  7. an app on the
  8. growing from strength
  1. museum's website
  2. to strength
  3. other treasure
  4. discoveries
  5. distancing
  6. record levels
  7. detectors
  8. than 47,000 objects

Paragraph 2

  1. the best find among
  2. solid gold
  3. the faces
  4. These coins were buried
  5. ancient Roman
  6. It had the face of the god
  7. The museum said the finds
  8. understanding Britain's
  1. Oceanus on it
  2. in the 16th century
  3. past
  4. coins
  5. are important
  6. the new discoveries
  7. furniture
  8. of British kings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The British Museum reported (1) ___________________ historical discoveries. People (2) ___________________ 47,000 objects. People used metal detectors in the countryside (3) ___________________ coins and other treasure. Metal detecting is a (4) ___________________ coronavirus because social distancing is easy. People put their discoveries (5) ___________________ on the museum's website. The U.K. Culture Minister said: "It is brilliant to see the [app] growing from (6) ___________________."

The museum said that perhaps the (7) ___________________ the new discoveries are coins. Someone found 50 South African solid (8) ___________________ London. Another find contained gold coins and one silver coin with (9) ___________________ British kings. These coins (10) ___________________ the 16th century. Another find (11) ___________________ Roman furniture from AD 43-200. It had the face of the god Oceanus on it. The museum said the (12) ___________________ for understanding Britain's past.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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lefoundmorethan47,000objects.Peopleusedmetaldetectorsintheco
untrysidetofindoldcoinsandothertreasure.Metaldetectingisagoodho
bbyduringcoronavirusbecausesocialdistancingiseasy.Peopleputthei
rdiscoveriesonanapponthemuseum'swebsite.TheU.K.CultureMinist
ersaid:"Itisbrillianttoseethe[app]growingfromstrengthtostrength."
Themuseumsaidthatperhapsthebestfindamongthenewdiscoveriesa
recoins.Someonefound50SouthAfricansolidgoldcoinsnearLondon.A
notherfindcontainedgoldcoinsandonesilvercoinwiththefacesofBritis
hkings.Thesecoinswereburiedinthe16thcentury.Anotherfindwasfro
mancientRomanfurniturefromAD43-200.IthadthefaceofthegodOc
eanusonit.ThemuseumsaidthefindsareimportantforunderstandingB
ritain'spast.

Student survey

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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