Planning and Managing Interpretive Signage at Archaeological Sites

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Planning and managing interpretive signage
at archaeological sites

Ahmed Rjoob

Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MA in Managing Archaeological Sites of the University of London in 2003.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Note: This Dissertation is an unrevised examination copy for consultation only and it should not be quoted or cited without the permission of the Director of the Institute.

Abstract
Interpretive signage is increasingly becoming a crucial tool to interpret and manage archaeological heritage places. It is used to conveying interpretive themes and messages to visitors as well as utilized to keep them far away from vulnerable and fragile features. However, to be an effective interpretive and communicative technique, this signage must be flowed out from a comprehensive planning framework of a particular place. Its chief aim should be interpreting tangible and intangible cultural values of that place by making them more understandable, thematic and more meaningful for various categories of visitors. Moreover, this plan must involve assessment criteria to get feedback for its product through gauging whether or not its interpretive messages get across. In doing so, this paper will explore the issues of interpretation by highlighting its methods and principles as well as presenting an interpretive signage planning model as general guidelines for preparing an effective interpretive signage as a program and as a technique. In additionally, a case study from Palestine will be used to uphold this trend, showing how these guidelines can be adapted to suit local conditions and traditions of particular place, including its special social, economic, political, and physical environment.

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Contents
Abstract ..........................................................................................................................2 List of illustrations: ........................................................................................................5 Acknowledgments..........................................................................................................6 Introduction....................................................................................................................7 Chapter One: Holistic approaches to interpretation: basis and theory...........................9 The definition of interpretation..................................................................................9 The uses of interpretation.........................................................................................10 Basic principles of archaeological site interpretation ..............................................12 Planning interpretation.............................................................................................14 Chapter Two: Interpretative signage: a planning model..............................................15 Step 1: Objectives ....................................................................................................16 Step 2: Interpretative themes (stories) .....................................................................16 Effective themes...................................................................................................18 Step 3: Audiences ....................................................................................................19 Psychological and cognitive learning studies ......................................................22 Step 4: Techniques for interpretive signage.............................................................22 Effective interpretive signage ..............................................................................23 Types of signage ..................................................................................................25 Interpretive signage design...
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