Interpretation for Archeologists   1. Introduction   Distance Learning


Welcome to "Interpretation for Archeologists: A Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities."

Interpretation plays an important role in the preservation and protection of archeological resources. Interpretive products use archeological evidence to encourage the public to form meaningful, personal connections with past peoples and places as well as the resources that evidence their stories. Our aim is to educate, and to inspire, but also to engender a stewardship ethic.

Interpretation for Archeologists aims to familiarize archeologists with resource-based interpretive philosophies, methods, and techniques. It is part of the training and guidance series, Interpreting Archeology: A Shared Competency for Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together. First launched online in 2004, Interpretation for Archeologists follows a resource-based approach to interpretation that complements archeological resources and their meanings. Updated in 2018, the guide incorporates shifts in NPS interpretive approaches and techniques. Look for links throughout the guide to the NPS Interpretive Development Program on the NPS Common Learning Portal.

For Your Information

Review the other guides in the Interpreting Archeology series (NPS Common Learning Portal):

Three NPS directorates (Cultural Resources; Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers; and Natural Resources) provide professional support for interpreters:

Use What You Know: Assess Your Knowledge (#0 of 10)

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Look for numbered Use What You Know: Assess Your Knowledge boxes. Collect your answers to the questions. In Section 7: Use What You Know, apply the answers to create a pitch for an interpretive product.


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