(University of Barcelona, Spain)

Abstract: The presentation of heritage located in open air, specially the archaeological heritage, implies serious problems of understanding for the general public. This happens because of most part of the archaeological monuments are preserved in the form of ruins, without their original environment.
Since the late Nineteenth Century the interpreters of the U.S. and Europe have been applying educational strategies to find different solutions. One type of interpretative tool is organizing routes with interpretative panels as elements of educational communication.
On one hand, the aim of the poster is to analyze models of didactic intervention applied in urban archaeological contexts in Spain. This comparative analysis helps to identify the main characteristics and methods used in the field of archaeological heritage and to find an effective way to explain the heritage to the public. On the other hand, the poster is used to study current trends that have emerged recently thanks to an information revolution. The new interpretative contents designed for mobile phones, titled “nomadic museography “, are aimed at engaging the public interest on archaeological sites through user-friendly display. Currently these digital formats are changing the way we perceive and interpret archaeological heritage and give new possibilities to link a user with a heritage. Its use has a special impact in urban context, in which the demand of cultural consumption is growing.
After studying several cases developed in Spain, the poster finishes with the presentation of the main conclusions on how the fix and mobile interpretative devices change the perception of archeological sites and which possible ways of development they could have in the future.

Keywords: interpretation, archaeological heritage, interpretaive panels, new technologies, urban contexts