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- (archaeology) An excavation unit of small extent and shallow depth, made quickly with a shovel or trowel to determine whether archeologically significant material is present below the ground surface.
- A single shovel test was all we needed to show the site's importance.
- (archaeology) To examine a site or area using one or more small excavation units.
- They were contracted to shovel test only within the proposed pipeline's right of way.