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excavate

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/ us  
to remove earth that is covering very old objects buried in the ground in order to discover things about the past: Ice age bones are being excavated in the caves. to dig a hole or channel in the ground, especially with a machine: In tin mining today, workers excavate tunnels horizontally from a vertical shaft.
excavation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/ us  
Excavation on the site is likely to continue for several years. She has taken part in several excavations of Roman settlements across Europe.
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