Welcome to "Interpretation for Archeologists: A Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities."
Interpretation plays an important role in the preservation and protection of archeological resources. Interpretive products use archeological evidence to encourage the public to form meaningful, personal connections with past peoples and places as well as the resources that evidence their stories. Our aim is to educate, and to inspire, but also to engender a stewardship ethic.
Interpretation for Archeologists aims to familiarize archeologists with resource-based interpretive philosophies, methods, and techniques. It is part of the training and guidance series, Interpreting Archeology: A Shared Competency for Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together. First launched online in 2004, Interpretation for Archeologists follows a resource-based approach to interpretation that complements archeological resources and their meanings. Updated in 2018, the guide incorporates shifts in NPS interpretive approaches and techniques. Look for links throughout the guide to the NPS Interpretive Development Program on the NPS Common Learning Portal.
For Your Information
Review the other guides in the Interpreting Archeology series (NPS Common Learning Portal):
- Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide
to Knowledge of the Resource
Interpreters can use this guide to learn the basics of archeological methods and theory.
- Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation
Archeologists and interpreters are encouraged to work through an analysis of an in-person or on-line interpretive product.
- Assessment of Archeological Interpretation
Interpreters and archeologists can feed an interpretive product through this assessment to refine and improve their work.
Three NPS directorates (Cultural Resources; Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers; and Natural Resources) provide professional support for interpreters:
Use What You Know: Assess Your Knowledge (#0 of 10)
Look for numbered Use What You Know: Assess Your Knowledge boxes. Collect your answers to the questions. In Section 7: Use What You Know, apply the answers to create a pitch for an interpretive product.