That reminds me of a short article S.P.Q. Rahtz ( yes, that is his real name) published in the journal 'Antiquity' many years ago. It was about figuring out what archaeological reports really say. Here are some examples.
'Evidence of a Roman bath was discovered' means 'We found a piece of broken tile'.
'Evidence of medieval habitation was lacking' means 'We were a bit too energetic with the back-hoe'.
'the object disintegrated on contact with the air' means 'Jim sat on it'.
'Further research may indicate...' means 'Mine certainly doesn't.