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excavate

verb [I/T]  /ˈek·skəˌveɪt/ us  
to dig a hole or channel in the ground, or to make a hole or channel by removing earth: [I] We’ll be excavating here for the foundation of the building. To excavate is also to remove earth from a place in order to find old objects buried there: [T] Archaeologists are excavating a site near the cathedral.
excavation
noun [C/U]  /ˌek·skəˈveɪ·ʃən/ us  
[C] an excavation 40 feet deep
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