From the Old English words scofl (shovel; an excavating machine) and American English bum (with no settled residence)
shovelbum (plural shovelbums)
- (US, archaeology) A professional excavator on cultural resource management projects, who has done extensive field work.
shovelbum (third-person singular simple present shovelbums, present participle shovelbumming, simple past and past participle shovelbummed)
- (US, archaeology) To excavate, to do archaeology digs.