[ noun ] the act of digging
"there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
`` How many is that , Jim '' ? asked Willie at one stage of his excavation project .(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
The historian can only point_out those lines which were major enough to find reflection in our limited evidence , and must hope that future excavations will enrich our understanding .