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Interpreting Archeology: Archeologists and Interpreters Working Together

Overview

Goal

Archeologists and interpreters will learn together in order to provide effective and accurate interpretation of archeological resources, values, and meanings to the public.

As a result of this series, archeologists and interpreters will:

  • Be familiar with the fundamental principles and activities of each other’s profession
  • Know where to find guidance and tools to develop products that interpret archeological findings
  • Recognize issues foundational to interpreting to a diverse audience with multiple perspectives

Background

Archeology is the humanistic and scientific study of people over time. Interpretation provides opportunities to engage visitors with archeological findings about people in the past and their significance to people in the present. By using interpretation to communicate information gleaned from archeology, we aim to encourage visitors to cultivate a stewardship ethic and protect archeological resources for future generations.

Audiences

The primary audiences for these learning resources are archeologists, education specialists, and interpreters, all of whom are responsible for sharing archeological information and meanings with a broad public. Additional audiences may include media specialists, law enforcement, cultural resource specialists, and managers of all resource disciplines.

Additional Information

Use these training modules to learn more about archeology and interpretation. Each includes additional resources in the Common Learning Portal’s resource library to deepen your understanding.

Reflection

How can you use this information to help you better interpret archeological resources and their meanings?

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