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Definition of test pit in English:

noun

A small preliminary excavation made to gain an idea of the contents or stratigraphy of an archaeological site.
Example sentences
  • In 1965, a survey, collector interviews, and test pit excavation established the extent of the Robinson site.
  • All three pieces, from the same test pit, have been conjoined to form the handle of a mug or small pitcher.
  • ‘We opened a test pit in the grounds once and found some terracotta and teak that we believed once belonged to Surosowan,’ he said.

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