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Definition of excavation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the activity of digging in the ground to look for old buildings or objects that have been buried for a long time
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a place where people are digging to look for old buildings or objects The excavations are open to the public.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of digging, especially with a machine
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: excavation