View synonyms for excavation


[ eks-kuh-vey-shuhn ]


  1. a hole or cavity made by excavating.
  2. the act of excavating.
  3. an area in which excavating has been done or is in progress, as an archaeological site.

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Other Words From

  • exca·vation·al adjective
  • nonex·ca·vation noun
  • reex·ca·vation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of excavation1

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin excavātiōn- (stem of excavātiō ) “a hollowing.” See excavate, -ion

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Synonym Study

See hole.

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Example Sentences

The criticisms got even worse when military excavations in the new Marine base revealed dozens of sites containing human remains and cultural artifacts.

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The team also found remains of several large mammals at the excavation site, including taruca, or Andean deer, and vicuña, which are related to alpacas.

The book’s strength lies not in any innovative, broad analysis but in its excavation of important episodes of the early years.

Upstream from Etzanoa sites, excavations have uncovered remnants of a separate Wichita town that ran for about three kilometers, he says.

Blakeslee plans to explore more underground features of the Kansas site with additional remote sensing techniques before starting excavations so that digging can precisely target the earthwork and any surrounding remains.

Jenkins had written entirely from secondary literature—no interviews or excavation of legal documents.

I was writing an article for Outside, whose expense money helped finance the excavation.

Sun will shine through many openings of the “Luminous Caves,” which he refers to as his magnum opus and his final excavation.

He, not Hylton, the author of Vanished, is the one who has done most of the research on the pilots and their excavation process.

Hundreds of years of excavation has left seven gorgeous chambers carved into the salt rock throughout the floors.

At his persuasion the pope purchased the vineyard, and the archological commission began the work of excavation.

He stopped above an excavation where Charnock and another were cutting a hole in the frozen gravel.

Soon after, I descended from the tree, and went to the excavation.

They were now standing in a glade, if we may use this word to designate a vast and dark excavation.

A fortnight of steady work, by both the men, not only completed the excavation, but built the wall.


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