Definition of excavation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛkskəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of excavating something, especially an archaeological site: the methods of excavation have to be extremely rigorous
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  • These questions can only be answered through the careful archaeological excavation of the site.
  • After nearly two decades of excavation, the Carranque Archaeological Park is now open to the public.
  • The initial phase of the archaeological excavation at Woodstown has just been completed.
1.1 [count noun] A site that is being or has been excavated: inside the excavation were the bones of some huge creature
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  • The growth of black rat populations is being traced through analysis of rat bones from excavations.
  • Archeological excavations show that mound tombs constructed in this time were all very similar and yet widely distributed.
  • Imported materials found during excavations indicate that the oppidum played an important role in trade between Italy and central Gaul.

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