Some time ago, an interesting discovery was made by archaeologists on the Aegean island of Kea. An American team explored a temple which stands in an ancient city on the promontory of Ayia Irini. The city at one time must have been prosperous, for it enjoyed a high level of civilization. Houses -- often three storeys high -- were built of stone. They had large rooms with beautifully decorated walls. The city was equipped with a drainage system, for a great many clay pipes were found beneath the narrow streets.
The temple which the archaeologists explored was used as a place of worship from the fifteenth century B.C. until Roman times. In the most sacred room of temple, clay fragments of fifteen statues were found. Each of these represented a goddess and had, at one time, been painted. The body of one statue was found among remains dating from the fifteenth century B.C. It's missing head happened to be among remains of the fifth century B.C. This head must have been found in Classical times and carefully preserved. It was very old and precious even then. When the archaeologists reconstructed the fragments, they were amazed to find that the goddess turned out to be a very modern-looking woman. She stood three feet high and her hands rested on her hips. She was wearing a full-length skirt which swept the ground. Despite her great age, she was very graceful indeed, but, so far, the archaeologists have been unable to discover her identity.
an interesting discovery : 强调discovery,体现发现这个动作被考古学家做出
主动语态难以突出重点 archaeologists made an interesting discovery
An American team explored a temple which....
which stands in an ancient city on...
which = that; stand = lie,situate(vt.),locate(vt.)
An American team explored a temple which is located/situated in...
An American team explored a temple which lies in
She stands 1.75m./A great tree stands on the mount.
The city at one time must have been prosperous,for it...
Eg.:The day broke for the birds were singing.
at one time 表达曾经，一度；过去 的标志，once
must have been 对过去事实肯定的推测
enjoyed a high level of civilization 享有高度文明
a young man with broad shoulders/an old lady with balck hair
beautifully decorated 过去分词做定语
a beautifully dressed lady 衣着漂亮的女士/a deserted carpark
废弃的停车场 a white painted door 被刷成白色的门
a boy climbing the tree/the students reading in the room
The city was even equipped with...for ...were found
be equipped with 配备，装备
the car was equipped with air conditioning.
beneath the narrow streets /under the narrow streets
prep. beneath=under 正下方
He is standing under/beneath the umbrella
under在进行中：under control 控制之中；under discussion讨论之中
She is sitting below the window
The temple which....
be used as/be used to be把……用作为
The box was used as a desk in the small village school.
The wooden box was used as a bookcase
The wooden box is used to contain books
in the most sacred room of...
Each of these represented...been painted.
represent vt. 代表
I represent all the classmates.
The body of one statue was found...
the customs dating from 1990
ion dates from the time when his grandfather was young .
The castle dates from the 14th century.
The castle dates back to the 14th century.
Its missing head happened to be among remains of...
happen to 强调事情的偶然发生
I happen to have driven that kind of car.
He happened to find the ticket in his pocket.
句式：It happens that...
It happened that I met her on my way to work.
I happened to meet her on my way work.
happen on 巧遇，偶然
I happened on this old picture in the back of the drawer.
Guess,who I happened on while I was in London last month?
reconstruct: put together,piece together,restore
amazed;very much surprised
astonished;much surprised;amazed; very much surprised 惊奇
to find.../to discover.../to realize...
I'm not surprised to see you here
turn out 表示结果；prove
turn out(to be)+ n./adj.
The concert turned out to be a failure.
Our party turned out (to be)a suxxess.
It turned out that....
It turned out that the diamonds had been in the bank all the time.
It turned out that his statement was false.
as it turns out
Eg.: As it turned out, was no need to worry.
Eg.: As it turned out,the report was mistaken.
She stood three feet high and her hands rested on her hips.
rest on = depend on,lean on
His hand rested lightly on my shoulder
which swept the ground 近一步说明拖地的，拽地的
despite＝in spite of + n./动名词
It is still a problem for the archaeologists up to now.
so far,up to now 完成时的标志
discover her identity; find out her identity
'Its missing head happened to be among remains of the fifth century B.C.'
this is comfirmed by the fact that 引导同位语从句，补充说明fact的内容
be employed in :被应用在...方面
in doing sth.:在...方面
to one's surprise:使某人感到惊讶的是
with surprise: 惊讶地
To my great disappointment the train had already left
He smoked his last cigarette with satisfaction.
He went home with dismay.
To our dismay the party proved to be a failure.
despite = in spite of (可以和名词、代词、动名词搭配）
...it has been impossible for the archaeologists to discover her identity.
well done 侧重强调做得好
conserve=keep from being wasted,damaged,lost,destroyed
conserve your energy you needed.
we must conserve our forest
so far=>until now,up till now
befroehand :(a)事先＝in advance
at this distance (of/in time):时隔已久
I can hardly remember him at this distance of time