Shared role in resource stewardship
Archeologists and interpreters at Fort Vancouver. NPS photo.
When embarking upon your study tour, we strongly recommend partnering up with an archeologist (if you're an interpreter) or an interpreter (if you're an archeologist).
Every year, millions of visitors come to national parks and other archeological places to learn about the past. Each visit and each visitor offers archeologists and interpreters an opportunity to create an experience that is positive, accurate, and meaningful.
Archeologists and interpreters who cultivate habits in collaboration, critique, and communication are able to meet the challenges posed by resource management and public interpretation. By working as a team, archeologists and interpreters can work towards their shared aim: to help the public develop or strengthen a sense of stewardship and stakeholdership in the protection of archeological resources.
For your information
Review the resources and tools of archeology and interpretation in these pages:
- What is material culture?: Learn about what constitutes an archeological resource. These materials become the medium for interpretation.
- Tools for Interpreters: Find out about the tools interpreters use to discuss cultural resources and topics of significance with the public.
For a refresher on what archeologists and interpreters do, visit:
For your consideration
- At your park, do you see teamwork or problems with cooperation and communication? Have you observed specific gaps in the archeological or interpretive program that need to be addressed? How might you and your colleagues meet the challenges you face?