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BBC Learning English Video Words in the News 27 March 2013

From the ashes of Pompeii
Transcript: Frozen in time… Plaster casts of victims buried following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 2,000 years ago. They are part of a major exhibition of more than 250 archaeological discoveries in the British Museum about the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Jewellery still intact, a cot turned to charcoal… they offer a snapshot of the lives of ordinary people at the time. Vocabulary: frozen stopped moving and completely still plaster casts copies of statues or other objects made from plaster: a mixture of white powder and water that becomes hard when it dries archaeological discoveries items or information found by archaeologists: people who study the past by looking at objects, graves and buildings from that time charcoal hard, black substance made from burned wood snapshot a description that tells you about a place or situation at a particular time

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5. The gymnast.com © British Broadcasting Corporation 2013 Page 2 of 3 . Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly. 4. 2. The __________ was then taken back to Ms Giblin's Sussex studio where the artwork was completed. with its collection of heroic photographs and Stalin's death mask. Recent __________ on the Arabian Peninsula have uncovered evidence of a previously unknown civilisation based in the now arid areas in the middle of the desert. Dr Cohen said. Gori's main tourist attraction is its museum to Stalin. It is comparatively easy to find evidence of human occupation in caves through the dating of __________ from fires or bones from long-ago dinners. who won a bronze medal at London 2012. The ornate building. appears __________ in time .a Soviet shrine to the dictator. had to stand with her body covered in plaster-filled bandages for an hour while the cast was made. 3. Video Words in the News bbclearningenglish. frozen / plaster casts / archaeological discoveries / charcoal / snapshot 1. almost untouched since the museum was built in 1957.Exercise: Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. The excavation has revealed artefacts that show a __________ of life in Ireland at least as far back as the 9th century AD.

almost untouched since the museum was built in 1957.com © British Broadcasting Corporation 2013 Page 3 of 3 . Source: Georgia divided over Stalin 'local hero' status in Gori http://bbc.Answers: 1. Gori's main tourist attraction is its museum to Stalin. Recent archaeological discoveries on the Arabian Peninsula have uncovered evidence of a previously unknown civilisation based in the now arid areas in the middle of the desert. The excavation has revealed artefacts that show a snapshot of life in Ireland at least as far back as the 9th century AD. Dr Cohen said. The ornate building. Source: 'Oldest pottery' found in China http://bbc. Source: Desert finds challenge horse taming ideas http://bbc.in/Jpa3P 2.a Soviet shrine to the dictator.in/WmpgQ4 5. Source: Fermanagh crannog dig extended for further week http://bbc. Source: Beth Tweddle sculpture presented to her in Liverpool http://bbc. who won a bronze medal at London 2012. with its collection of heroic photographs and Stalin's death mask.in/XClkIa Video Words in the News bbclearningenglish. The plaster cast was then taken back to Ms Giblin's Sussex studio where the artwork was completed. had to stand with her body covered in plaster-filled bandages for an hour while the cast was made. The gymnast.in/14mm0EC 3. appears frozen in time . It is comparatively easy to find evidence of human occupation in caves through the dating of charcoal from fires or bones from long-ago dinners.in/XuFLKV 4.