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Session 111

Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery in Pompeii. Catherine and Neil teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Pompeii treasure discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a hidden treasure in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Language challenge

Which is the odd one out?

a) sorcerer
b) wizard
c) witch

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The story

Archaeologists in the Roman city of Pompeii have discovered a treasure trove of good luck charms and fertility amulets that they think may have been used for casting spells by a Roman sorcerer. Among the articles discovered were scarab beetles from the Middle East made of amethyst.

Key words and phrases

treasure trove
large number of valuable objects found hidden

• Amateur archaeologists sometimes get lucky and discover treasure troves.
• There's a treasure trove of biscuits in Rob's drawer.

quantity of hidden things

• Anti-terror police discovered a weapons cache in the basement of a house.
• If your computer is slow, you can try clearing the cache.

found hidden after a search

• They unearthed the treasure buried in someone's garden.
• Investigative journalists try to unearth the truth.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

There are lots of possible answers, but we've chosen c) witch as the answer because options a) sorcerer and b) wizard refer to men, whereas c) witch usually refers to women.


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