What does excavation mean?

Definitions for excavationˌɛks kəˈveɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word excavation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. excavation, digging, dig(noun)

    the act of digging

    "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"

  2. dig, excavation, archeological site(noun)

    the site of an archeological exploration

    "they set up camp next to the dig"

  3. excavation(noun)

    a hole in the ground made by excavating

  4. mining, excavation(noun)

    the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth


  1. excavation(Noun)

    The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

  2. excavation(Noun)

    A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.

  3. excavation(Noun)

    An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.

  4. excavation(Noun)

    The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.

  5. excavation(Noun)

    Archaeological research that unearths buildings, tombs and objects of historical value.

  6. excavation(Noun)

    A site where an archaeological exploration is being carried out.

  7. Origin: From excavatio, from excavo, from ex- (out) + cavare (to hollow)< cavus (hollow)< keu-

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excavation(noun)

    the act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass

  2. Excavation(noun)

    a cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping

  3. Excavation(noun)

    an uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel

  4. Excavation(noun)

    the material dug out in making a channel or cavity

  5. Origin: [L. excavatio: cf. F. excavation.]


  1. Excavation

    In archaeology, excavation is the exposure, processing and recording of archaeological remains. An excavation site or "dig" is a site being studied. Such a site excavation concerns itself with a specific archaeological site or a connected series of sites, and may be conducted over as little as several weeks to over a number of years.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of excavation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of excavation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard III:

    Photogrammetry provides a fantastic analytical tool that allows us to examine the grave from angles that would have been physically difficult or impossible to achieve during the excavation.

  2. Scott Stripling:

    We registered 700 objects this last [excavation] season – seal impressions, scarabs, tools, weapons, jewelry, utilitarian objects, cultic objects, and about 2,000 pieces of pottery a day.

  3. Abu Rida:

    The site we are talking about is 2,000 square meters and 10 meters deep and requires hundreds of workers and millions of dollars to carry out proper excavation to extract pieces and read the texts written on them.

  4. Gilad Ilatch:

    It literally happened on the last day of the excavation, … right in front of our eyes and those of the excited students, an unusual ceramic vessel c. 18 cm high (7 inches) was exposed, atop of is the image of a person….

  5. Gilad Itach:

    The structure exposed in this excavation is different from most of the previously discovered farmsteads, its orderly plan, vast area, strong walls and the impressive water reservoir hewn beneath it suggest that the site was administrative in nature and it may well have controlled the surrounding farmsteads.

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