Date of Award

5-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Wayne Bodle, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis examines aspects of historical interpretation. An interpretive style, called “experiential interpretation,” is presented, tested, and analyzed. Experiential interpretation attempts to present tangible details about the past by appealing to the human senses of taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing. The main objectives of this interpretive style are to present intimate histories of past individuals, to foster emotional or relational connections between the learner and the material, and to also utilize creative aspects of learning. The author’s work in historical interpretation at Fort Necessity National Battlefield is analyzed.

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