Interpretation (Including Historic Reenactments): Current Approaches
Archaeologists don’t usually enter the profession because they are anxious to work with living people. They have a passionate interest in the past, and its relevance to the public is a secondary concern for most. Interpreting what they have dug up is generally shared with colleagues through professional journal articles or conference presentations. However, most archaeologists realize that, since they are footing the bill, the public is entitled to know about what they have found out. So, once these interpretations have been made, how does the public find out about them? Traditionally, the public could find out from the horse’s mouth by visiting archaeological digs and speaking to the archaeologists. However, opportunities for this type of interaction are limited, and the archaeologists often resent the intrusion into their digging time. The interaction in the field is usually better when archaeologists work with professionals who are trained to deal with the general public. However,...
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