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OUR MISSION is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; and to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology. 

Center Receives Grey Fox Ridge Collection

During the late summer and fall of 2008 EnviroSystems, a cultural resource and biological consulting firm in Flagstaff, had been contracted by the developer to investigate the Grey Fox Ridge development area along the Verde River. The archaeological investigations of Grey Fox Ridge revealed a complex occupational history of what was primarily a Southern Sinagua pit house farmstead or small hamlet. A total of over 11,000 artifacts from the site were slated to eventually be curated at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. It was hearing about this collection and its eventual transfer out of the area that was the impetus that started the Center. The site excavations led to the discovery and study of 21 sets of human remains (14 inhumations and 7 cremations), 18 pit structures, and 30 other types of features.

With the "qualified" review of the Center by the Arizona State Museum, the Center is now in a position to receive such a collection. As a result, on May 26, EnviroSystems delivered thirteen archival boxes of artifacts and one box of reports and field notes to the Center. The collection is now being evaluated by Center staff to develop an eventual exhibit. “This is a rather emotional moment for many of us who have struggled to get the Center established and recognized as a qualified institution,” said Executive Director Ken Zoll. “This is the collection that started it all and now it is ‘home’.”

 

Dr. Charles Rozaire Visits Center

The Center was honored to be visited by Dr. Charles Rozaire. In April 1962, Dr. Rozaire of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, was invited by Paul Dyck to excavate a cave site on his property. Dr. Rozaire agreed and the excavations were conducted over the next several years by Dr. Rozaire and a small crew of his students from San Fernando Valley State College. As has been reported previously, the collection of over 20,000 items was donated to the Center by the Paul Dyck Family Foundation. The design of an exhibit of many of the items from this collection has been finalized and will be installed over the summer with an expected opening in September. Watch for your invitation to the Members Only Preview.

Camp Verde Meteorite Returns

The meteorite found in 1915 in a Sinagua ruin near Camp Verde will be on display in a new exhibit at the Center.  The meteorite is on loan from the Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies from March 1 through August 31. The exhibit is open during regular hours.  Admission to the Center is always free.  Monthly talks on the importance of meteorites to ancient Native American cultures will begin on March 28 during the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.   Click HERE for more information on the Meteorite Exhibit.

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