- an excavating or being excavated
- a hole or hollow made by excavating
- something unearthed by excavating
Origin of excavationClassical Latin excavatio
- The act or process of excavating.
- A hole formed by excavating.
(countable and uncountable, plural excavations)
- (uncountable) The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.
- (countable) A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.
- (countable) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.
- (countable) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.
- (uncountable) Archaeological research that unearths buildings, tombs and objects of historical value.
- (countable) A site where an archaeological exploration is being carried out.