"An Inspiring Guide":
Effective Interpretation of Archeological Resources
A four-part program for archeologists and interpreters, developed by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004.
The program is intended to be “an inspiring guide” to encourage
archeologists and interpreters to work together to effectively interpret
archeological resources to the public. The curriculum can be adapted to any geographic region and by any agency or organization desiring to improve the quality of archeological presentation to the public. Credit for modules 2, 3, and 4 is available through DOI Learn, the online portal for Federal agency training, which is accessed by Federal employees by clicking here and here by the general public.
The Public Meaning of Archeological Heritage curriculum consists of the following four modules. You can get to the set of modules through the distance learning page. Students can also search DOI Learn for the course titles.
Employing the concept of “shared competency,” archeologists
and interpreters receive training in each other’s disciplines and
work together to provide effective and accurate interpretation of archeological
information and resources to the public.
Archeologists gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the
purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation.
Interpreters gain an understanding of basic archeological principles
and techniques as well as comprehensive and accurate knowledge of historical
and archeological information.
Together, archeologists and interpreters provide the public with
opportunities to establish their own compelling intellectual and emotional
connections to cultural resources based on current factual research and
creative interpretive techniques.
Find more information about the National Park Service shared
competency for archeologists and interpreters (see Module 440 under
“Competencies”and “other developmental modules”).