Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 01 Mar 2015
    • 31 Aug 2015
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center

    In 1915 an "Indian artifact hunter" made an unusual discovery -- a 135 lb. meteorite buried in a room of an ancient ruin east of Camp Verde.  The meteorite eventually made its way into the collection of the Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies.  The Center will have this meteorite on loan for a six-month exhibit starting on March 1, 2015.  An exhibit guide will be available and the Center will present monthly talks on the meteorite and others found at other ancient Native American locations.  Watch the Calendar of Events for the dates and times of these monthly talks.

    • 13 Mar 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel meeting room

    We are very fortunate to host Dr. Jaime Awe for a talk on the Archaeology of Belize on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 pm in the meeting rooms of the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 West Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

     Dr. Awe was born in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. He was educated at Trent University, Canada, the State University of New York in Albany, and the University of London, England. Dr. Awe conducted research at Caracol, Caledonia, Pacbitun, Cahal Pech, and the Valley of Peace. After completing his studies, Dr. Awe was employed as a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trent University. In 1997 he took an appointment as Professor at the University of New Hampshire and launched the Western Belize Regional Cave Project. In June, 2000 he returned to Belize to take the position of Deputy Commissioner of Archaeology with the Department of Archaeology (now the Institute of Archaeology). He conducted excavations and conservation work at Caracol, Lamanai, Xunantunich, and Altun Ha. He is Belize's technical representative to the Mundo Maya Organization and Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. In Sept, 2003 Dr. Awe became the first Director of the Institute of Archaeology and served in that position until 2014 when he decided to focus on his passion for teaching and mentoring students. He is now at Northern Arizona University. He has published articles on Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, the caves of Western Belize and completed several documentaries.

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 14 Apr 2015
    • Belize
    Verde Valley Archaeology Center, in cooperation with our Director of Archaeology Dr. Todd Bostwick, and our long time travel coordinator, is offering an exciting 13 day (April 2-14) tour of Belize. This small, English speaking Central American country is an amazing combination of ancient Mayan history, spectacular natural beauty and unforgettable cultural experiences. This tour includes the best that this unspoiled adventureland has to offer.

    This guided, customized tour will give you the opportunity to explore some of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan world. The Maya ruins of Belize on this tour include a number of well-known and historically important pre-Columbian sites plus a few of the less well known sites, “off the beaten path”. PLUS, there will be a special side trip to the magnificent site of Tikal!

    For those who wish to extend their Belize adventure there is a post-tour option to spend 3, 4 or 5 relaxing nights at the wonderfully secluded Tranquility Bay Resort on Ambergris Caye.

    For more information and a detailed itinerary please contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg1@gmail.com or call 928 301-5214. The tour is limited to 24 people so sign up early to guarantee your spot.




    • 11 Apr 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
    • 9

    Instructor Louie Garcia, Tiwa/Piro Pueblo  

    This two-day workshop explores ancient Pueblo fiber preparation and spinning techniques from the ancestral period to the present with expert Pueblo fiber artist Louie Garcia. Louie will share textiles from his own collection to examine the spinning techniques used in the Pueblo weaving tradition. Learn the difference between "Z" and "S," worsted and woolen spinning as well as how to tell the difference between Pueblo, Hopi, & Navajo spindles or malacates. Students will also learn how to set the spin of their newly spun yarn. Participants will spin their own yarn on two types of Puebloan hand spindles.

    CLASS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS

    BIO:  Louie García is a Tiwa/Piro Pueblo weaver whose family originates from southern New Mexico in the Las Cruces/El Pas o areas. He is primarily a self-taught weaver as many other Pueblo weavers before him. Louie learned the basic concepts of Pueblo weaving from his grandfather.  From a young age, García learned the importance of maintaining Pueblo tradition and cultural values. These teachings have inspired him to offer these workshops in the hopes of cultivating an appreciation for Pueblo textiles in the general public as well as revitalizing the art of Pueblo weaving within Pueblo communities and encouraging a new generation of Pueblo weavers.


    • 25 Apr 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Jackpot Ranch Camp Verde

    In 2014, the Center held its first benefit picnic at the ranch of Larry Watkins.  His generosity led to a very successful event with calls to make it an annual event.  With our growing membership and donor base, we will be holding our 2015 Benefit Picnic at Jackpot Ranch.

    Jackpot Ranch, established in 1998, is a privately owned ranch. Prior to becoming Jackpot Ranch, the property was used as a horse boarding facility called Medicine Man Ranch. With it’s abundant water sources and Verde River access, Jackpot Ranch is truly an oasis in the high desert! The ranch has many attractions that will be available.

    The ticket price has not as yet been established, so watch this space or for a member announcement in the coming weeks.

    Mark your calendar now for this very special event!!

    • 31 Jul 2015
    • 03 Aug 2015
    • Cortez, Colorado

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2015 dates of the sessions are July 31-August 3, August 14-17 and September 11-14. The cost to attend one session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership.  The cost for one session for members is $125. 

    If attending two sessions, the cost of the second session is $125, and you must register for the second session separately.

    No experience is necessary.  You will be paired with someone with experience.  All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    Lodging can be had at Cortez, CO.  Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp for free at the site.  We will set up porta-potties and bring in potable water. 

    This can be a great experience for those who have never had the experience to excavate.  You will learn that there is more to it then just digging.

    If you plan to attend all three sessions, the cost is $300, and registration must be made by selecting the "All 2015 Field Schools" event.

    • 31 Jul 2015
    • 14 Sep 2015
    • Cortez, Colorado

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2015 dates of the sessions are July 31-August 3, August 14-17 and September 11-14. The member cost to attend all three sessions is $300.  The non-member cost is $350 which includes a one-year membership.

    No experience is necessary.  You will be paired with someone with experience.  All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    Lodging can be had at Cortez, CO.  Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp for free at the site.  We will set up porta-potties and bring in potable water. 

    This can be a great experience for those who have never had the experience to excavate.  You will learn that there is more to it then just digging.

    If you plan to attend only one or two sessions, the member cost is $125 each.  Non-member cost is $175 for the first session and $125 for a second session. Registration for one or two sessions must be made by selecting the sessions you plan to attend.

    • 14 Aug 2015
    • 17 Aug 2015
    • Cortez, Colorado

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The remaining 2015 dates of the sessions are  August 14-17 and September 11-14.

    The cost to attend this one session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership.  The cost for this one session for members is $125. 

    No experience is necessary.  You will be paired with someone with experience.  All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    Lodging can be had at Cortez, CO.  Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp for free at the site.  We will set up porta-potties and bring in potable water. 

    This can be a great experience for those who have never had the experience to excavate.  You will learn that there is more to it then just digging.

    • 11 Sep 2015
    • 14 Sep 2015
    • Cortez, Colorado

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The dates of this session September 11-14. The cost to attend this session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership.  The cost for this one session for members is $125. 

    No experience is necessary.  You will be paired with someone with experience.  All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    Lodging can be had at Cortez, CO.  Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp for free at the site.  We will set up porta-potties and bring in potable water. 

    This can be a great experience for those who have never had the experience to excavate.  You will learn that there is more to it then just digging.

    • 24 Oct 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona
    Please mark your calendar for our Second Annual Archaeology Center Gala and silent auction.  It will again be held at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort. The 2014 event sold out so we have added two more tables for 2015.  Details will be added as developed.  

Past events

03 Mar 2015 The Camp Verde Meteorite
28 Feb 2015 Traditional Methods of Working Wood and Bone or Antler: Hawaiian and Native American
25 Feb 2015 WAIT LIST - Member Field Trip - Clear Creek Ruins
25 Feb 2015 Member Field Trip - Clear Creek Ruins
17 Feb 2015 Navajo (Dine) Identity
04 Feb 2015 State and Federal Archaeology Laws and Regulations in Arizona
31 Jan 2015 Member Field Trip - Red Tank Draw
24 Jan 2015 Pottery Types of the Tonto National Forest
20 Jan 2015 Annual Members Meeting
10 Jan 2015 Member Field Trip - Hatalacva
16 Nov 2014 You Are What You Eat: Understanding Prehistoric Diet Using Stable Isotope Analysis
15 Nov 2014 How Ancient Cultures Used Fiber and Made Cordage
14 Nov 2014 How Ancient Cultures Used Fiber and Made Cordage
21 Oct 2014 How We Know What We Know: Forensic Anthropology in the Real World
18 Oct 2014 Archaeology Day Gala Dinner with Marshall Trimble
15 Oct 2014 V Bar V and Beyond Hike
14 Oct 2014 V Bar V and Beyond Hike
30 Sep 2014 Sherman Loy Memorial Award Ceremony
15 Sep 2014 What Bone Is This? An Introduction to Faunal Osteology
15 Aug 2014 Excavation Field School #3
01 Aug 2014 Excavation Field School #2
26 Jul 2014 Fang and Stinger -- Book Reading
11 Jul 2014 Excavation Field School #1
28 Jun 2014 Grand Opening - Children's Discovery Area
24 Jun 2014 Conservation of the Kennewick Man
01 May 2014 Member Field Trip - Red Tank Draw
26 Apr 2014 Barbie on the Verde
17 Apr 2014 Member Field Trip - Red Tank Draw
15 Apr 2014 The Wetherills and their Archaeological Investigations on the Colorado Plateau
05 Apr 2014 How Ancient Cultures Used Dyes & Pigments in Their Daily Lives
30 Mar 2014 The Billingsley Hopi Dancers
30 Mar 2014 The Verde Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Salt Mining in Camp Verde
29 Mar 2014 International Archaeology Film Festival
29 Mar 2014 Documentary Film: Sacred Shadows of Time
29 Mar 2014 Mystery of the Nazca Lines: Enigmatic Images of the Peruvian Desert
29 Mar 2014 Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show
28 Mar 2014 International Archaeology Film Festival
18 Mar 2014 Glimpses of Big Island Archaeology, Hawai’i
24 Feb 2014 The Champagne Springs and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group
23 Feb 2014 The Champagne Springs and Mitchell Springs Ruin Group
17 Feb 2014 Second Pottery Analysis Class
16 Feb 2014 Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Hides, and Wood from Southeastern Utah
25 Jan 2014 Pottery Analysis of the Verde Valley Class
21 Jan 2014 The Verde Salt Mine and the Prehistoric Procurement of Salt in the American Southwest
21 Jan 2014 Annual Membership Meeting and Elections
08 Jan 2014 Yavapai of the Verde Valley Class
18 Dec 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
04 Dec 2013 Geology Workshop & Field Trip to the Middle Verde Valley
03 Dec 2013 Geology Workshop & Field Trip to the Middle Verde Valley
20 Nov 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
19 Nov 2013 Presentation: Pre-Columbian Agaves in Southwestern US
01 Nov 2013 Homolovi Ruins & Rock Art Ranch - Member's Only Field Trip
20 Oct 2013 Archaeology Sunday
19 Oct 2013 Movie: Hopi Songs of the Fourth World
19 Oct 2013 Rock Art of the Verde Valley
19 Oct 2013 Movie: Lost Ceremonies of the Hopi Cliffdwellers
19 Oct 2013 Overview of Prehistoric Verde Valley Ceramics
16 Oct 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
12 Oct 2013 Mindeleff Cavates - WAIT LIST
12 Oct 2013 Mindeleff Cavates - Member's Only Field Trip
29 Sep 2013 Festival of American Indian Arts
28 Sep 2013 Canyon Records Recording Artist Concert
28 Sep 2013 Festival of American Indian Arts
27 Sep 2013 Native American Film Night
22 Sep 2013 Equinox at V Bar V
18 Sep 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
17 Sep 2013 Geologic Features of Archaeological Sites in Northern Arizona and Adjacent Colorado Plateau
14 Sep 2013 Elden Pueblo - Member's Only Field Trip
23 Aug 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
14 Aug 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
09 Aug 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
26 Jul 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
24 Jul 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
12 Jul 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
28 Jun 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
19 Jun 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
14 Jun 2013 Summer Archaeology Film Fest
21 May 2013 Quarterly Archaeology Presentation
15 May 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
21 Apr 2013 Archaeology Sunday
17 Apr 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
13 Apr 2013 Member Hike - LaPlata Pueblo
31 Mar 2013 Verde Valley Archaeology Fair
30 Mar 2013 Verde Valley Archaeology Fair
24 Mar 2013 Member Hike - Badger Springs 2
24 Mar 2013 Member Hike - Badger Springs 1
23 Mar 2013 International Archaeology Film Fest
20 Mar 2013 VVAC Board Meeting
19 Mar 2013 Quarterly Archaeology Presentation
16 Mar 2013 International Archaeology Film Fest
09 Mar 2013 International Archaeology Film Fest
02 Mar 2013 International Archaeology Film Fest
17 Feb 2013 Annual Members Meeting
09 Feb 2013 Member Hike - LaPlata Pueblo
09 Feb 2013 Archaeoastronomy Workshop
22 Jan 2013 Members Meeting and Speaker
18 Jan 2013 MEMBERS ONLY Preview -- Honanki Exhibit Opening
03 Nov 2012 Ancient Rock Art of the Verde Valley - OLLI Class
20 Oct 2012 Gala Benefit Dinner and Auction
18 Oct 2012 Biennial Verde Valley Archaeology Symposium and 2012 AAC Fall Conference
29 Sep 2012 FILM FESTIVAL - Reel Injun
29 Sep 2012 FILM FESTIVAL - Canicula
29 Sep 2012 FILM FESTIVAL - A Good Day To Die
29 Sep 2012 FILM FESTIVAL - The Killer Whale and the Crocodile
29 Sep 2012 Festival of American Indian Arts Invitational Art Show
28 Sep 2012 American Indian Film Festival
28 Sep 2012 FILM FESTIVAL - Frybread Film Night
26 Sep 2012 Prehistory of the American Southwest -OLLI Class
24 Sep 2012 Ancient Astronomy of the Verde Valley - OLLI Class
16 Sep 2012 Archaeology Sunday
04 Jun 2012 Ecuador Archaeological Sites and Museums
13 May 2012 Archaeology Sunday
24 Apr 2012 The Glen Canyon Archaeology Project
24 Mar 2012 International Archaeology Film Fest
24 Mar 2012 Verde Valley Archaeology Fair
24 Mar 2012 Archaeology Fair - Archaeology for Kids
23 Mar 2012 Fourth Friday -- Free Film
20 Mar 2012 "After Mammoth and Before Corn"
26 Feb 2012 Archaeology Sunday
25 Feb 2012 Feathers – Exotic and Common - and their role in Indian Culture
24 Feb 2012 Fourth Friday -- Native American Feather Exhibit Opens
27 Jan 2012 Fourth Friday -- Ceramic Identification
17 Jan 2012 Annual Meeting and Talk
10 Dec 2011 Second Saturday Talk
08 Dec 2011 New Executive Director Reception
12 Nov 2011 Second Saturday Talk
05 Nov 2011 Prehistoric Miniature Pottery
18 Oct 2011 Prehistoric Settlement Patterns of the Verde Valley
08 Oct 2011 Second Saturday Talk
04 Oct 2011 Festival Film Night
04 Oct 2011 Archaeology Field Seminar to Oak Creek Ruin
04 Oct 2011 Archaeology Field Seminar to Sugarloaf Pueblo
03 Oct 2011 Archaeology Field Seminar to Oak Creek Ruin
03 Oct 2011 Archaeology Field Seminar to Sugarloaf Pueblo
02 Oct 2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
02 Oct 2011 Grand Canyon and Sacred Peaks
02 Oct 2011 Navajo Culture Seminar plus Canyon de Chelly Navajo Jeep Tour
01 Oct 2011 An Evening of French Archaeology
01 Oct 2011 Uqualla's Ceremonial Theater
01 Oct 2011 Festival of Native American Culture
01 Oct 2011 Hopi Indian Lands Journey
30 Sep 2011 Ancestor Wisdom Sunset Circle
08 May 2011 Exploring the Southwest with Dr. Wilcox
06 May 2011 Grand Opening Weekend
28 Apr 2011 Dr. Stephen Lekson Lecture -- FREE
16 Apr 2011 Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of Montezuma Well
15 Apr 2011 Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of Montezuma Well
26 Mar 2011 Field Seminar - Wingfield Mesa Ruins
22 Mar 2011 Lyle Balenquah Talk -- FREE
19 Mar 2011 Field Seminar - Sacred Mountain Ruins
12 Mar 2011 Rock Art & Astronomy at V Bar V
12 Mar 2011 V Bar V Days
11 Feb 2011 Camp Verde Pecan and Wine Festival
18 Jan 2011 Annual Meeting
21 Oct 2010 Lecture: Archaeologist Brian Culpepper on Keet Seel Ruins
24 Sep 2010 Multi-Year Artifact Analysis Project
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