excavate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (archaeology) Recover or find through digging.

Schliemann excavated Troy.
I excavated several graves from her garden.
Police excavated a body from the yard.

VerbNet: search-35.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: Form by hollowing out an area.

Carnegie excavated a lake for Princeton University's rowing team.
The mining company wants to excavate the hillside.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: excavate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4