Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Example english conversation in Museum and glossary

I. Look at the following conversation between a curator and a visitor at the museum:

Visitor : How old is this fossil?

Curator : It is 5000 years old.

Visitor : How do you arrive at its age?

Curator : Well, it’s by a method called carbon dating.

Visitor : What are these tools?

Curator : They belong to the Neanderthal period.

Visitor : What does this box contain?

Curator : It contains a mummy.

Visitor : Whose?

Curator : Mine. (Disappears into thin air)

Glossary

curator : a keeper or custodian of a museum

fossil : the remains or impression of a prehistoric plant or animal embedded in rock, etc.

carbon dating : the determination of the age of an organic object from the relative proportions of isotopes carbon

12 and carbon-14 that it contains

Neanderthal : an extinct human belonging to ice age Europe
between 12,000 — 35,000 years ago

mummy : (especially in ancient Egypt) a body preserved by embalming and wrapping in bandages

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