Welcome to Archeology for Interpreters: A Guide to Knowledge of the Resource. The aim of this guide is to help interpreters become more familiar with archeology and archeological resources, in order to interpret them effectively. It supports Interpreting Archeology: A Shared Competency for Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together, formerly known as Module 440: Effective Interpretation of Archeological Resources. The guide complements other online developmental opportunities available to NPS interpretive rangers. Learn more at the NPS Common Learning Portal.
First launched online in 2001, Archeology for Interpreters was updated in 2017.
Try It Yourself
Check out the other three guides in the Interpreting Archeology series.
Interpretation for Archeologists
Learn methods and philosophies of interpretation for engaging the public's hearts and minds with archeological resources to encourage people to care about archeology and to develop an ethic of stewardship.
Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation
View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.
Assessment of Archeological Interpretation
Use tools to assess an interpretive product.