Principle 4 - Authenticity
The Interpretation and presentation of cultural heritage sites must respect
the basic tenets of authenticity in the spirit of the Nara Document
4.1 Authenticity is a concern relevant to human communities as well as material
remains. The design of a heritage interpretation programme should respect the traditional
social functions of the site and the cultural practices and dignity of local residents
and associated communities.
4.2 Interpretation and presentation should contribute to the conservation of the
authenticity of a cultural heritage site by communicating its significance without adversely
impacting its cultural values or irreversibly altering its fabric.
4.3 All visible interpretive infrastructure (such as kiosks, walking paths, and information
panels), when deemed appropriate and necessary must be sensitive to the
character, setting and the cultural and natural significance of the site, while remaining
4.4 On-site concerts, dramatic performances, and other interpretive activities —
when deemed appropriate and sensitive to the character of the site — must be carefully
planned to minimise disturbance to the local residents and to the physical surroundings
of the site.