Interpreters draw on a variety of tools that help visitors to learn about the past and value archeological resources. Some of these tools are for planning themes and messages. Others provide a framework for putting together evidence and ideas to form a narrative. And yet others help interpreters to reflect on their work and improve upon it.
Each following parts of this section introduces a tool for developing interpretion using archeological resources. Each tool balances the resources with imparting their significance to the public through fully developed ideas and themes.
Try It Yourself
Ask your park's or region's interpretive staff for a set of the park's interpretive planning documents. These documents provide insight on a park's interpretive process and the themes that archeology might support.
For Your Information
Interpretation and Education (NPS Common Learning Portal)
Explore the NPS Interpretive Development Program (IDP), a catalyst and facilitator for defining and training professional standards for interpretation and education since 1996. The IDP brings together the voices of field interpreters and stakeholders from across the NPS to participate in this on-going work.
Meaningful Interpretation: How to Connect Hearts and Minds to Places, Objects, and Other Resources
Read more about Interpretive Themes, the Interpretive Equation, the Interpretive Process Model, and the Interpretive Analysis Model in an online booklet written by a NPS Interpretive Division staff members.