Interpretation for Archeologists   3. What Do Interpreters Do?   Distance Learning

Introduction

Interpreters play an integral role in resource management, because they are archeologists' main line for communication with the public. Using their knowledge of audiences and communication techniques, interpreters translate complex technical information about past peoples, places, and events. They engage with audiences to address their questions about people's lives in the past. In the process, interpreters demonstrate the significance of archeology and why the past matters.

Case Study

Where would interpretation be at the following parks without archeology?

Archeologists determined the exact location and size of George Washington’s Fort Necessity, built during the French and Indian War, in southwestern Pennsylvania. Interpreters talk at the fort about the confrontation at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 as the opening battle of the war fought by England and France for control of the North American continent.

Archeology at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine located the base of a flagpole from which the Star-Spangled Banner flew during the bombardment of Baltimore by the British in the War of 1812. A walking tour takes visitors around the site to impress the significance of the events.

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