[ UK /ˌɛkskəvˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌɛkskəˈveɪʃən/ ]
  1. the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
  2. the site of an archeological exploration
    they set up camp next to the dig
  3. a hole in the ground made by excavating
  4. the act of digging
    there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton
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How To Use excavation In A Sentence

  • The congress believes that the excavation of an interoceanic canal at sea level, so desirable in the interests of commerce and navigation, is feasible; and that, in order to take advantage of the indispensable facilities for access and operation which a channel of this kind must offer above all, this canal should extend from the Gulf of Limon to the Bay of Panama. The Path Between the Seas
  • Excavations of the site have revealed an Iron Age settlement.
  • So long as there is a demand for the produce, illegal excavations and the smuggling of antiquities will continue.
  • Excavations directed by Metaxia Tsipopoulou of the Greek Ministry of Culture and William D.E. Coulson, former director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, showed that the four buildings had been erected on the rectangular "megaron" plan typical of the Greek mainland. Cretan Shrine Discovered
  • We meet the commixture of materials and things in our excavation whose object is, among other things, to reorder, to abolish the disorder of collapse and dilapidation, to find significance and signification in the apparent chaos.
  • However, subsequent excavations at Maiden Castle, Arikamedu and Charsadda have inevitably caused many of his fundamental assumptions to be refuted.
  • Fill from the garage excavation formed another bank parallel to the pool but higher up on the hillside. A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden
  • Only a few looked inhabited -- lawns bestrewn with gadgets, excavations begun with small bulldozers and abandoned, Pack or Swarm or Family flags flying from the mainmasts. Boing Boing: January 16, 2005 - January 22, 2005 Archives
  • Excavation has shown that instead of removing the peat which was shallow at this point, a thin layer of sand was spread over the top of the peat, and gravel with some sand was heaped over to form a low agger.
  • Although extensive (and presumably fantastically expensive), the excavations revealed a story of only local interest, with Medieval and later expansion by Kingston upon Thames via a series of revetments into the river.
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