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Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals CULTURAL HERITAGE AUDIOSCRIPT A conversation about a cultural heritage site. Optional exercise Listen to the conv ersation and decide if these statements are T (true) or F (f alse). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The archaeological excav ation was in W estern Europe. Lynn was working there f or more than a month. A university paid f or her to go there. She f elt positive about the work experience. She f ound a small statue. The excavation will fundamentally change the area. (Answers below) David: Hi Lynn how’s it going? Lynn: Not so bad. David: How was your summ er? Didn’t you go on som e field trip in Eastern Europe or som ething? Lynn: That’s right. Six weeks on my hands and knees digging for treasure David: Did you find any? Lynn: Not much. Lots of pottery fragm ents, som e bones, a few tools. David: I hope you got paid for it. Lynn: You must be joking! It was run by the local university research group. They don’t have any money. You make your way there and pay for your own accommodation and m eals. David: So, you were cheap labour for the professors, then? Lynn: Don’t be so cynical! No, they were really helpful. I learnt a lot David: Oh yeah…like what? Lynn: W ell, first there was the m apping of the site. They used digital photography and GIS, which I hadn’t done before. Then there’s the excavation itself, scraping away for hours, which can get a bit tedious. And it all has to be recorded the location and description of every artefact is put into a database. David: Don’t you have to be careful when you’re excavating? I’d be afraid of breaking som ething priceless. Lynn: Oh, sure. You have to move the earth away very slowly with a trowel, som etim es even a toothbrush! But everything you find has a story to tell. Pollen samples tell you about forest clearance and crop cultivation, anim al teeth and bones showed they kept livestock. Looking at stone axes can tell you what sort of animals they hunted. The best part of the dig was the midden. David: What’s that? Lynn: It’s where they dumped dom estic waste. It contains all sorts of treasures. The highlight for m e was finding a small clay figure. Imagine holding som ething in your hand that was made by a human being six thousand years ago! David: So have you expanded the sum of human knowledge? Lynn: I think so. The site is giving them a lot of new information about that part of the Black Sea coast in Neolithic tim es. And it’ll be a big tourist attraction when they open it up to the public in a couple of years. They’ve got plans to get som e international funding and make it into an archaeological park, but they’ll still preserve the landscape and the character of the place. David: Will you get your nam e in the brochure? Lynn: You never know! Answer s 1F, 2T, 3F, 4T, 5T, 6F www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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