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VOA常速英语新闻:科学家寻找隐藏的坟墓(双语)

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研究者正在开发一种用来发现隐藏墓穴的技术,他们称这将有助于找到孤单的谋杀受害者或战争遇难者墓群中的遗骨。这项研究由美国地球物理学会合作发起,在墨西哥坎昆的美洲会议上得到了展示。
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Researchers are developing new techniques to find hidden graves. They say it would help locate the remains of a lone murder victim or the mass graves of victims of war. The research has been presented at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico, co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union.
研究者正在开发一种用来发现隐藏墓穴的技术,他们称这将有助于找到孤单的谋杀受害者或战争遇难者墓群中的遗骨。这项研究由美国地球物理学会合作发起,在墨西哥坎昆的美洲会议上得到了展示。

Jamie Pringle Said, “There are thousands of missing people around the world that could have been tortured and killed and buried in clandestine graves.” Pringle is a lecturer in geoscience at Britain’s Keele University.
杰米·普林格尔说,“全世界有成千上万失踪者,他们可能被拷打、杀害并埋在秘密坟墓里。”普林格尔是英国基尔大学地球科学教授。

“It’s important for families obviously to find their relatives – to give them closure – so they can find out what happened to them and give them someone to bury. But of course also it’s really difficult to get a successful criminal conviction without a body. It does happen, but normally it’s more unusual. You get charged with something like illegal deposition of a body or preventing a proper funeral, things like that,” he said.
“这对家属来说,找到亲人的遗骨很重要,可以入土为安,也就是找到他们死亡的原因然后安葬之。但是没有尸体的话很难进行成功的刑事定罪。有时可以定罪,但一般情况下很少见。如果发现非法尸体沉淀,就可以进行指控。”

He said that there have been a number of missing child cases in Britain where this has happened. It can be just as hard to locate mass graves of people who disappeared during wars.
他说,在英国的诸多失踪儿童案件中,这种情况发生过。而确定战争中失踪人口的墓群也是如此辛苦。

 词汇解释

1.exhumation n. 发掘;尸体发掘;掘尸

He broadcast the exhumation live on state TV.
他在国家电视台上直播了挖掘过程。

2.clandestine adj. 秘密的,私下的;偷偷摸摸的

She is the director of clandestine operations of the CIA.
她是中央情报局秘密行动的负责人。

3.geoscience n. 地球科学

The study appears in the journal Nature Geoscience.
这项研究发表在《自然地球科学》期刊上。

4.deposition n. 沉积物;矿床;革职

A thick deposition of mud covered the field.
田野上覆盖着一层厚厚的沉积物。

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