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[eks-kuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌɛks kəˈveɪ ʃən/

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

1610s, “action of excavating,” from Latin excavationem (nominative excavatio) “a hollowing out,” noun of action from past participle stem of excavare (see excavate).

excavation ex·ca·va·tion (ěk’skə-vā’shən)


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