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  • While excavating to lay the foundation, we encountered an ancient burial mound.
  • Schliemann excavated Troy
  • She hopes to excavate 50 acres around the temple ruins.
  • The excavation has uncovered a dinosaur burial ground.

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  • The dentist excavated the diseased area.
  • the mining company wants to excavate the hillside
  • Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University’s rowing team
  • An English Company is going to excavate Ephesus
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • He struggled to continue digging as he fought the wind, which often blew the sand back into the excavation.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • It expanded when it was excavated.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes

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  • At the far edge of the bog a bomb fell, its muted blast followed by a distant rain of excavated glop.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • …the hue of a dried daffodil and oxidized slowly by time into near-transparency, my eyes are arrested by the furious underlining—scratch scratch scratch, lacerations—as if the suffering Stingo whom I once inhabited, or who once inhabited me, learning at firsthand and for the first time in his grown-up life about death, and pain, and loss, and the appalling enigma of human existence, was trying physically to excavate from that paper the only remaining—perhaps the only bearable—truth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My brother has claimed one of them for his own; he plans to excavate it, tunneling down from the top, then in from the side to make a side entrance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He realized just in time that a section of mosaic floor in front of him was an illusion covering a ten-foot-deep excavation pit.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I didn’t bother to excavate the drift, but now that I knew what it contained, I could plainly see the outline of frozen limbs and the softly rounded heads under the snow.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Then the dab of the sponge, a pause, and more excavation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • This was nothing more than the excavation of a past crime, the theft of her memory.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He was thinking of the first bite of machine into earth that begins an excavation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They found her when they were excavating the concrete slab in the DiLaurentises’ old backyard to put in a tennis court.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • His chest felt hollow, bugs flying around an excavated cavity.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • "Do not dig any more," said the voice; "only tell me how high up is your excavation?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He has been excavating a barrow at Long Down, and has got a prehistoric skull which fills him with great joy.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • We need you and Arya to collapse any tunnels they’re excavating.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Our campers have been excavating the tunnel system under Cabin Nine for almost a century.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Seizing his sharp boat-spade, he commenced an excavation in the body, a little behind the side fin.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And the offshore island with its dinosaur eggs became the eroded hillside in northern Montana which Alan Grant was now excavating.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He built (and excavated) Brandy Hall, changed his name to Brandybuck, and settled down to become master of what was virtually a small independent country.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Coming up again to the marsh level out of this excavation,—for the rude path lay through it,—I saw a light in the old sluice-house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I needed to explore, to expand, to excavate.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The Vatican excavated it in the forties.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Far ahead, the smear of a red lantern, low over the ground, marked a street excavation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Before us was a great excavation, not very recent, for the sides had fallen in and grass had sprouted on the bottom.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Roran recruited Baldor, and together they began excavating a ditch across the road.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The man excavated some more and told her to try with all her strength to get out.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I’d been in places like this before—tunnels inside pyramids, tombs my dad had excavated—but I’ve never liked them.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • This park had once been an enormous, polluted excavation pit from which Parisian contractors mined clay to manufacture the city’s famous red roofing tiles—or tuiles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "The Invisible Man!" he cried to the navvies, with a vague indicative gesture, and by an inspiration leapt the excavation and placed a burly group between him and the chase.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • At the moment he had his face buried in a quivering red mountain of breakfast and was making rude noises as he excavated for grapes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Clayborn Lockett, an archaeologist who briefly employed Ruess as a cook while excavating an Anasazi cliff dwelling in 1934, told Rusho that "he was appalled by the seemingly reckless manner in which Everett moved around dangerous cliffs."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • A few of the bigger boulders had been carefully excavated, leaving clever dark spaces under them that no one would suspect of housing anything but dirt and smaller rocks.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • So bold men, who are tempted by every chance, have quite frequently, as we are assured, opened the holes excavated by the black man, and tried to rob the devil.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The trouble with dwarf tunnels was that they were selfsealing, so that if you had to go back the way you came, there was a whole new burrow to be excavated.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • If the dogs had scratched the sand up in excavating, how had they carried it so far?
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Certain accessory points of the design served well to convey the idea that this excavation lay at an exceeding depth below the surface of the earth.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • So I think that excavating those sands would bring to light a great many weapons and tools of Egyptian origin.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the end, air running out, she had apparently used the ring with her left hand to cut and excavate and her right hand to dig.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • They lay at the edge of the hole together, each with a muddy arm hung in, and excavated around it until a third of the shell showed.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • At 9:00 A.M when I reached the Camp One site, Ang Dorje,* our climbing sirdart was excavating platforms for our tents in the hardfrozen snow slope.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He was eventually told that such an archaeological excavation in the records presumably could be done, but that it would take time and it was beyond the boundaries of what could be considered public information.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And when he arrived, he expected to find at least a foundation for the school excavated.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
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