diggings

A diggings is not a dig, that archeological haunt, but a place of excavation by a prairie dog, fox, coyote, badger, or other digging species, including a human being, especially one at the controls of a human-built machine. Diggings is also a designation for the visible leavings outside an excavation. Human diggings may be for a precious stone or ore of importance, including gold, as at a placer mine; for the construction of a building; for a souvenir, such as petrified wood or mica; for a burial; or for imagined or actual buried treasure, a Mason jar of coins or white lightning whose exact location has evaded memory—as everywhere across the continent we encounter unexpected, mysterious diggings.

Larry Woiwode