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The MISSION of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate 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. 


Archaeology Fair Taking Shape

The 2017 Archaeology Fair is coming along with the list of lectures and films nearly complete.  Check out the currently scheduled lectures and films. Classes are also being finalized and will be announced shortly.

A Souvenir Program is being developed for the event that will include information about the Pecan and Wine Festival and the Verde River Runoff that occur on the same weekend of March 18-19. The deadline for including an ad in the program is February 10.  Click HERE to download the advertising request form.

Stabilization of Atkeson Pueblo

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the manager of six properties in the Verde Valley owned by the Archaeological Conservancy. Our responsibilities include monitoring the site for vandalism, maintaining the fencing and gate, and assessing the condition of the sites. The Atkeson Pueblo south of Cornville has the tallest remaining pueblo wall in the entire Verde Valley. The wall is showing the effect of age and weather. A stabilization project by Center members will begin in January.

And the Winner Is!

Thanks to all who purchased a raffle ticket for the Dinner-For-10 by the Moscato Chefs.  The drawing was held on Tuesday, December 20 at the close of business.  The winners are Frank and Carol Lombardo of Palmer, Alaska. The snowbirds will return to the area soon to take advantage of their prize.

Capital Campaign Takes A Major Step Forward

With a generous donation from Mr. Scott Simonton, the Center can now move forward to install the water line along our property.  This $91,000 project will start this winter.  Thanks to the work earlier this year by Eastern Illinois University, we know that there is a pit house in the path of the water line. This will be excavated prior to beginning the project. The pit house demonstrates the importance of the area to previous Native American cultures and why the Center will honor these people by creating the Native American Heritage Preserve over most of the 15.28 acre property.

Center FREE App Available

Keep up to date on all our activities by downloading the Center's free vvarchcenter app at the Google Play Store for Android devices and at the Apple Store for the iPhone. 


Please report vandalism of an archaeological site. Call anonymously: 928-421-1030 or email: report@vvsitewatch.org

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