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Who is this guide for?

[photo] An archeologist interprets artifacts with students at Petersburg National Battlefield. (Gail Brown, University of Maryland)

An archeologist interprets artifacts with students at Petersburg National Battlefield. (Gail Brown, University of Maryland)

This guide is designed for anyone who is interested in, or needs to learn more about, interpreting archeological resources for the public. Audiences for the guide include archeologists, interpreters, cultural resources managers, law enforcement, rangers, educators, planners, museum staff, and other NPS staff. It is broadly applicable to all who investigate, interpret, protect, preserve, and share with the public information regarding archeological resources.

This guide is primarily designed for self-motivated learning. Our goal is to increase your base of knowledge about the effective interpretation of archeological resources each time you visit. We planned this guide to allow you to tailor your visit to what you want to learn today. In other words, you can come back as frequently as you want and learn at your own pace.

In the end, we hope you find a number of valuable resources for further exploration in this guide, particularly through the numerous links we provide to other significant sources of online activities, case studies and related information. We plan to periodically update those links as we discover relevant new materials about and methods for effectively interpreting archeological resources.

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