Interpreting Archaeology to the Public…


Outreach and Interpretation
New Technologies For Archaeology Interpretation


Outreach and Interpretation

Archeology Outreach: A National Park Service Archeology Guide

The National Park Service Archeology Guide module on Archeology Outreach

provides a reference guide, or handbook, to best practices, policies, and tools. The resources aim to assist NPS staff in outreach efforts that communicate the public benefits of archeology to a broad constituency.

The audience includes NPS archeologists, Superintendents, managers, interpreters, rangers, educators, and all others charged with the preservation, protection, and interpretation of archeological resources.

The Archeology Outreach module is organized by topics, which include legal and ethical responsibilities, volunteers. civic engagement and public involvement, training, media and social media, and case studies. Sources and resources are also included.

An Inspiring Guide: Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources

With this four-part guide, archaeologists and interpreters receive training in each other's disciplines and work together to provide effective and accurate interpretation of archaeological information and resources to the public.  Included units: Archaeology for Interpreters, Interpretation for Archeologists, Study Tour of Archaeological Interpretation, and Assessment of Archaeological Interpretation.

This curriculum is adaptable to any geographic region and may be adapted by any agency or organization desiring to improve the quality of archaeological interpretation to the public. It is useful for volunteers in parks, interns, archaeologists, interpreters, as well as cultural resource managers who wish to hone their public interpretation skills. This guide was developed in 2004, by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, University of Maryland, College Park.


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

This National Park Service on-line guide will "take you through the steps of the interpretive journey": You will learn why archeologists do interpretation, what they do as interpreters, and how to form your own interpretive programs. This guide was developed to help archeologists examine the art and science by which interpretations are made. The guide focuses on the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. It encourages archeologists to examine and share their work with the public, but also to integrate archeological perspectives into the interpretive management of their parks and programs.

National Association for Interpretation

NAI is dedicated to the advancement of the profession of interpretation (on-site informal education programs at parks, zoos, nature centers, historic sites, museums, and aquaria). NAI’s mission is pursued through a wide variety of services that can assist archaeologists in interpretation through national and regional workshops, interpretive skills and management training, and the NAI publications Legacy magazine, the Journal of Interpretation Research. The National Association for Interpretation offers a professional certification program to recognize individuals who exhibit knowledge and skills necessary to assure quality interpretive services to all audiences. Certification is available in five categories: Certified Interpretive Guide, Certified Heritage Interpreter, Certified Interpretive Manager, Certified Interpretive Trainer, and Certified Interpretive Planner.

 Theater Techniques for Heritage Interpretation:
                           The Performance, Learning and Heritage' Project

This project undertaken by the Centre for Applied Theatre Research at the University of Manchester (UK), is investigating the uses and impact of performance as a medium of learning in museums and at historic sites. The project involves research into the increasing and varied use being made of theatre and other drama-based activity as interpretive tools. The project has generated a vast and comprehensive bibliography.


New Technologies For Archaeology Interpretation


 CyArk 3D Heritage Archive Network
As CyArk describes itself, this project "is dedicated to the preservation of World Heritage Sites through the CyArk 3D Heritage Archive, an internet archive which is the repository for heritage site data developed through laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art spatial technologies. This archive serves both historic preservation and education, and exists here as a prototype for an expanding and evolving heritage archive. Fully developed, the 3D Heritage Archive website will be an accessible, global collaborative network of servers working off a common database architecture and storing dimensionally precise, visually rich, 3D point cloud data wrapped with high definition, high dynamic range photography. CyArk exists to serve a community that includes heritage site managers, historic preservation professionals, scholars, students, and the general public. CyArk, is a nonprofit, noncommercial, project of the Kacyra Family Foundation, a 501c3 public benefit foundation located in Orinda, California."




Updated 01/12/11