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excavation Syllabification: ex·ca·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌekskəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Definition of excavation in English:


1The action of excavating something, especially an archaeological site: the methods of excavation have to be extremely rigorous students often participate in excavations
More example sentences
  • 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.
unearthing, digging up;
disinterment, exhumation
digging, hollowing out, boring, channeling
1.1A site that is being or has been excavated.
Example sentences
  • 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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