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News Review

Ancient arch triumphs in London

An ancient stone arch which was destroyed by Islamic State militants in Syria has been rebuilt and displayed in London.

In the video, Finn and Neil explore language used by news websites to talk about this story.

Language challenge

Which phrasal verb means 'to demolish'?

a) knock down

b) knock through

c) knock out

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The story

A replica of the 2,000-year-old Arch of Triumph, destroyed by the Islamic State group in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra last year, will be unveiled in London today. The replica has been built from marble with a computer-controlled drill programmed with 3D images of the original. The group behind the project, the Institute for Digital Archaeology, hopes the technology can be used to rebuild parts of Palmyra, which has been recaptured by government troops.

Naomi Grimley – BBC News

This is the sound of a computer-controlled drill chiselling away at a block of marble. The machine was programmed with 3D images of the original 2,000-year-old arch, so the texture of the stone could be replicated.

It's a collaboration between experts from Oxford and Harvard universities, and Dubai's Museum of the Future. The group hope technology like this might help rebuild parts of Palmyra, but some classical scholars think the replica arch is a waste of time and money.

Key words and phrases

replica
an exact copy of something

behind
responsible for

recreate
made or created again

unveil
(of a venue or exhibit) officially opened in a ceremony where a covering is removed

on display
being put in a place where people can see it

To do

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3 Questions

Can you display your language skill and answer all these questions correctly?

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Language challenge - answer

The answer is: a) knock down.

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Session Vocabulary

  • replica
    an exact copy of something

    behind
    responsible for

    recreate
    made or created again

    unveil
    (of a venue or exhibit) officially opened in a ceremony where a covering is removed

    on display
    being put in a place where people can see it