Aztec dogs - level 3

Aztec dogs - level 3

07-03-2014 15:00

Under a block of flats in bustling Mexico City, a team of archaeologists has discovered the remains of 12 Aztec dogs which date back some 500 years.

Experts believe the find could be the world’s oldest canine cemetery and the first pet burial ground of the ancient civilisation. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History believe the remains date as far as the 14th century.

While the exact breed hasn’t been identified, dogs were revered by the mysterious civilisation as the guardians of the dead, buried together with humans to guide them to the afterlife. They’ve also been found under ancient monuments and pyramids which the Aztecs believed would help protect the structures. But this latest discovery has baffled some experts.

“We’ve also found some dogs buried with buildings as guardians, but in this case, we’ve no evidence of this at the moment.”

It’s thought the remains could be from a breed which is an ancestor of the modern-day Chihuahua and which the Aztecs had kept as pets.

Digging will continue at the site, as archaeologists try to find more clues to the exact nature of the ancient Aztec burial site.

Difficult words: bustling (very busy), canine (relating to dogs), breed (kind), baffle (confuse), afterlife (life after death), ancestor (animal from which modern animals have developed).

How to improve your English with News in Levels:

 

 Reading

  1. Read all today's articles and translate all words which you don't understand.
  2. Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.

 Listening

  1. Listen to all today's news.
  2. Stop the video after every sentence and repeat the sentence.
  3. Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.


 Writing

  1. Answer the questions under today's news and write them into the comments.
  2. Chat in the  Chat room for at least 2 minutes. You can write about today's news.


 Speaking

  1. Choose one person from the SKYPE section.
  2. You can talk about today’s news or you can answer questions from  http://www.newsinlevels.com/questions/
If you want to know how to learn English effectively, please visit www.englishrestart.com.
 

1) Watch this video about News in Levels

2) Practice your English every day for free!

We will send you articles from News in Levels every day to your email. You can stop them at any time.

Close