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MSE同步阅读|丛林中的城市

2021-06-20

  丛林中的城市



A city In The Jungle

丛林中的城市


In the summer of 1848, in Guatemala, a man called Ambrosio Tut went out into the jungle, as he did almost every day. Tut was a gum-collector, looking for gum in the jungle. To do this, he had to climb the trees. On this particular day, he got to the top of one tree and something caught his eye.  He looked out across the trees and saw...the tops of some old buildings.

在1848年的夏天,在危地马拉,一个叫Ambrosio Tut 的男人就如往日般进入了这片林子。Tut是个橡胶收割者,在林子里寻找橡胶的踪迹。要收割橡胶,他必须得爬上树。在这特别的一天,他在树上时,一个东西吸引了他的眼球。他透过重重的树木望过去,竟然看到了几间古老建筑物的屋顶。


Tut didn't really know what he had seen but he knew it was something special. He ran to tell the local governor, and together thet walked into the jungle. There they found Tikal, the city that the Mayans had built, many hundreds of years before. The two men saw temples and pyramids, squares and houses, and palaces where kings had lived when the Mayan people ruled the region.

Tut不知道他看到的是什么,但他知道这一定不是寻常之物。他把这事告诉了当地的管理人,然后他们一起进入这片林子。在那里,他们发现了蒂卡尔,一座被玛雅人在几百年前建立的城市。这两个男人看到了庙宇,金字塔,广场,屋子,和在玛雅人统领这个区域时国王居住的宫殿。


For a long time before that day, local people had known that somewhere in the jungle there was an old Mayan city, but no one it for centuries. Between 200 and 900 AD, the city of Tikal had been the centre of Mayan civilisation in the region, but then the Mayans left it-nobody knows why! After 1000 AD, the jungle began to cover it and people forgot that it was there.

在他们发现蒂卡尔城之前,当地人知道林子的某处有一座古老的玛雅城,不过即使过了一世纪仍然没有人发现它。在公元200至900年间,蒂卡尔是这一带玛雅文明的中心,不过玛雅人遗弃了它,没人知道为什么。过了公元一千年,林子逐渐把它掩盖了,人们也忘记了它的所在地。


Seven years before Tut looked out from the trees, two British explorers had gone to Guatemala and had found Mayan treasures in the jungle-but they hadn’t mentioned Tikal. Even earlier than this, local Indians had told European travellers about a great city hidden in the trees, but no one had listened to them. Now the lost city had been found again, and archaeologists went there immediately to see it.

在Tut透过树木发现这座城市的七年前,两个英国探险者曾来到危地马拉,还写过一份关于玛雅的财富的报告,但他们没有提及蒂卡尔。更早之前,当地的印第安人曾告诉过欧洲游客关于隐藏在树林里的城市,但没人听信他们。


来源:MSE指定教材 English In Mind (student's book 2)


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