The Reading / Listening - Metal Detecting - Level 2

The British Museum has reported record levels of historical discoveries. People found more than 47,000 objects with metal detectors. Many people go out in the countryside to try and find old coins and other treasure. More people have been metal detecting because of the coronavirus. Metal detecting is a hobby where social distancing is easy. People have been recording 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 during lockdown thanks to garden discoveries and digital reporting."



The museum said people have found many exciting things. Perhaps the best find among the new discoveries are coins. One of the finds contained 50 South African solid gold coins northwest of London. Another find contained gold coins and one silver coin with the faces of British kings. Experts say these coins were buried in the 16th century. Another find was from ancient Roman furniture. It had the face of the god Oceanus on it and dates to AD 43-200. The museum said the app, "ensures finds, important for understanding Britain's past, are not lost but instead recorded".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Metal Detecting - Level 0 Metal Detecting - Level 1   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 has reported
  2. go out in
  3. old coins and other
  4. social
  5. an app on the museum's
  6. It is brilliant
  7. growing from strength
  8. digital
  1. website
  2. record levels
  3. reporting
  4. treasure
  5. to strength
  6. distancing
  7. the countryside
  8. to see

Paragraph 2

  1. people have found many
  2. the best find among the new
  3. solid gold
  4. the faces of
  5. these coins were buried
  6. ancient Roman
  7. dates to
  8. important for understanding
  1. British kings
  2. Britain's past
  3. discoveries
  4. in the 16th century
  5. exciting things
  6. AD 43-200
  7. coins
  8. furniture

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The British Museum has reported (1) ___________________ historical discoveries. People found more than 47,000 objects with metal detectors. Many people (2) ___________________ the countryside to try and find old coins (3) ___________________. More people have been metal detecting because of the coronavirus. Metal detecting is (4) ___________________ social distancing is easy. People have been (5) ___________________ on an app on the museum's website. The U.K. Culture Minister said: "It is brilliant to see the [app] growing from (6) ___________________ during lockdown thanks to garden discoveries and digital reporting."

The museum said people have found many exciting things. Perhaps the (7) ___________________ the new discoveries are coins. One of the finds contained 50 South African (8) ___________________ northwest of London. Another find contained gold coins and one silver coin with (9) ___________________ British kings. Experts say these coins were (10) ___________________ 16th century. Another find was from ancient Roman furniture. It had the face of the god Oceanus on it (11) ___________________ AD 43-200. The museum said the app, "ensures finds, important for understanding Britain's past, are not (12) ___________________ recorded".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBritishMuseumhasreportedrecordlevelsofhistoricaldiscoveries.P
eoplefoundmorethan47,000objectswithmetaldetectors.Manypeopl
egooutinthecountrysidetotryandfindoldcoinsandothertreasure.Mor
epeoplehavebeenmetaldetectingbecauseofthecoronavirus.Metalde
tectingisahobbywheresocialdistancingiseasy.Peoplehavebeenrecor
dingtheirdiscoveriesonanapponthemuseum'swebsite.TheU.K.Cultu
reMinistersaid:"Itisbrillianttoseethe[app]growingfromstrengthtostr
engthduringlockdownthankstogardendiscoveriesanddigitalreportin
g."Themuseumsaidpeoplehavefoundmanyexcitingthings.Perhapsth
ebestfindamongthenewdiscoveriesarecoins.Oneofthefindscontaine
d50SouthAfricansolidgoldcoinsnorthwestofLondon.Anotherfindcont
ainedgoldcoinsandonesilvercoinwiththefacesofBritishkings.Experts
saythesecoinswereburiedinthe16thcentury.Anotherfindwasfroman
cientRomanfurniture.IthadthefaceofthegodOceanusonitanddatesto
AD43-200.Themuseumsaidtheapp,"ensuresfinds,importantforunder
standingBritain'spast,arenotlostbutinsteadrecorded".

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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Free writing

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Answers

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