excavation excavation  /ˌɛk skə ˈveɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the act of digging
  2. (n) the site of an archeological exploration
  3. (n) a hole in the ground made by excavating
  4. (n) the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth


  1. An archaeological excavation at Jerusalem's holiest site is provoking dangerous protests.
  2. For every legitimate excavation like Tepe Zargaran, there are many more ransacked in search of treasures destined for the living rooms of rich collectors.
  3. His recent edicts restricting new excavation, particularly in such popular sites as Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings, have aroused the ire of some foreign archaeologists.


  1. Babe Ruth final set for Saturday

    The Pacific Excavation River Cats broke a 5-5 tie against the Merryhill School Mud Cats with a two-RBI single from Olen Gover and escaped with a 7-6 win.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Elk Grove Citizen

  2. Excavation unearths pieces of Cadillac history

    CADILLAC — Excavation work on the shoreline behind the Cadillac Manor Apartments on South Street revealed massive deposits of mysterious wooden planks, along with what appear to be railroad ties.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Cadillac News

  3. Excavation work to close road

    Sixth Street Northwest from the Northwest Bypass to 16th Avenue will close June 13 for excavation work and is expected to remain closed for up to two weeks.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Great Falls Tribune


  1. "It has potential to disturb the most respected mosque for Muslims all over the world," said Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda. "We urge Israel to stop its archaeological excavation works around the holy Al Aqsa mosque."
    on Feb 9, 2007 By: Hassan Wirajuda Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "He once proclaimed ecumenism 'a good cause to die for,' and was certainly deeply committed to finding consensus - not by coining a conveniently vague formula, but by a real excavation of common first principles," Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan...
    on Jun 20, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "This is very dangerous. There is no (need for a) second opinion that it is dangerous," said Ihsanoglu. "The issue is how to convince the Israel government to stop the excavation."
    on Feb 15, 2007 By: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Source: Arab News

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