Interpretation for Archeologists   8. Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together   Distance Learning

Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together

In Interpretation for Archeologists, you've learned about interpretation, interpreters' tasks and roles, and ways interpretation fits into archeologists' professional responsibilities. Armed with interpretive theory, method and techniques, you used what you knew to answer questions about your role in interpretation and the state of archeological interpretation at your park or site. You then created a pitch for an interpretive product or project about an important, relevant story that archeology can uniquely tell.

By working together, archeologists and interpreters can provide effective and accurate interpretation of archeological information and resources to the public. They can create opportunities for audiences to learn about archeological interpretations and how they are made, and to ascribe their own meanings to archeological resources. An archeologist's knowledge of techniques for interpreting archeological resources is one of the most important elements in helping visitors understand their value and fragility.

When archeologists become part of the interpretive process, they create connections between resource management, park management, and visitor education and enjoyment that supports lifelong learning and stewardship. Learning to apply appropriate interpretive tools allows the archeologist to effectively engage interpreters and visitors and promote interest, participation, and stewardship. The results help increase public understanding and concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources.

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