I had a contractor do some work and he dug a hole eight feet across and nine feet deep. Put all the dirt on my driveway. When done he put all the dirt back into the hole (so he says), now the dirt in the hole is about one foot below the surrounding grade. I would think it should be above grade level as it has not compacted much. And over time it should setting to be even with the grade. Nothing was added or taken away in the hole, just a repair. My soil is mostly clay/gravel. What do you think? Tim.