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    what tense should be used in an excavation report when describing archaeological feat

    Ditches 3001 and 3002 appear to define parts of two adjacent subrectangular ditched enclosures or fields, the south-western enclosure having a possible settlement function as indicated by part of a roundhouse close to its north-eastern corner. This was represented by an arc of seven postholes (2313) with a projected diameter of 7.6m (Fig. 2). The postholes were 0.2-0.3m in diameter and up to 0.2m deep.
    -------Excavation of a multi-period site at Foster Road, Ashford, Kent

    This floor, designated as L.2087, is a much thinner plaster floor than either Floors…
    ------http://www.docin.com/p-86540189.html

    I was wondering why the author uses the present tense to describe the ditches while the past tense to describe the postholes.
    The second excerpt is also taken form an excavation report of a site. The author uses the present tense to describe the floor. Why in the same type of writings, when describing archaeological features, different tenses are used? Does the present tense means these features still exist while the past tense means they are disappeared?
    Are there any rules or conventions when writing an excavation report?
    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Jun-2014 at 16:57. Reason: Tidied up position of line breaks

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    Re: what tense should be used in an excavation report when describing archaeological

    The change of tenses sounds odd to me- it could just be careless writing.

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