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Shared role in resource stewardship

[photo] Interpreter talks to child as archeologists and visitors excavate site within stockaded Fort Vancouver.

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).

Here's why:

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.

Use the study tour experience to strengthen your habits of working together. As you go through the exercise, discuss what you would do, how, and why.

For your information

Review the resources and tools of archeology and interpretation in these pages:

For a refresher on what archeologists and interpreters do, visit:

For your consideration

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