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Case studies

Goals: To examine examples of archeological interpretation, such as plans and multimedia examples.

[photo] Cliff dwelling a Mesa Verde.

Archeological resources at Mesa Verde National Park. NPS photo.

Explore case studies of archeological interpretation.

Interpretive plans

The following interpretive plans demonstrate how archaeological interpretation, from a planning/management perspective, fits into the goals and structure of parks.

Long Range Plan, Jamestown, Colonial National Historical Park (June 2000) (.pdf file)
The plan is a 5-10 year vision for the interpretation of Jamestown, considered the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The plan incorporates new information from historical and archeological investigations, and ideas on its application into exhibits and public programs.

A Plan for the Interpretation of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (May 1993) (.pdf file)
The plan was written to guide media planners and designers in the development and implementation of media production plans. It also provides guidance for park managers and interpretive program managers by identifying and delineating the various elements into time frames.

For Your Consideration

The questions and issues below offer a framework for looking at a site holistically - whether a case study or at your own museum or park. The questions should help determine interpretive opportunities and areas that need more attention or support.

Site and Structure questions establish the facts about the park.

Content of Archeology and Interpretation questions address the process of making interpretive choices in the plans. They also provide issues to consider when planning for your own park or museum.

For your information

Review the following sections from Interpretation for Archeologists to learn about audiences and approaches:

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