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    • 01 Apr 2016
    • 03 Jun 2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Love Africa and Sedona Rock Art Galleries

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has been invited to participate in the First Friday Sedona Art Walk at the new Love Africa Decor & Gallery and the Sedona Rock Art Gallery. Executive Director Ken Zoll will give 30-minute presentations at 6:00 pm and at 7:00 pm on the following rock art topics:

    April 1: Ancient Rock Art Interpretations
    May 6: Ancient Rock Art Methods and Materials
    June 3: Ancient Rock Art Astronomical Recording

    Refreshments will be served. Any donations made during the evening will benefit the Center's Capital Campaign.

    Limited seating so please call the gallery at 928-282-8473 to book a seat.

    The galleries are located at 150 State Route 179 just before the 89A roundabout in the Red Stone Center near Baskin Robbins.

    • 05 May 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sedona
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    This field trip will be led by Center member Scott Newth.  Scott is a Coconino National Forest docent at Honanki and researched the site extensively.  The hike will be ~0.5 miles on relatively level terrain and take approximately 2 hours.  There is approximately 50 ft. of cumulative elevation gain.  We will see many habitation rooms and rock art of the Sinaguan and Yavapai cultures.   Honanki was a major prehistoric trade center in the Verde Valley and is a Coconino National Forest Heritage Site.

    Hiking boots are REQUIRED and hiking sticks, sunscreen and hats are recommended.  Bring a minimum of 1 quart/liter of water.  We should be done by 12:00pm, so lunch is optional.   A Red Rock Pass is required to park at Honanki.  High clearance vehicle is recommended, but not required.

    The hike is limited to 10 so a wait list will be created after the limit is reached.

    Meeting location will be in the confirmation email.  

    • 07 May 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sedona
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    The Loy Canyon hike is "easy-moderate", 3 miles round-trip, approximately 200 ft of cumulative elevation gain and will be led by Center members Scott and Daniela Newth.  

    The hike is half on a hiking trail with the balance off trail.  There are sections of loose or uneven terrain.  Hiking experience is recommended.  We will be hiking to one of the highest concentrations of pictographs in the Verde Valley that include rock art from Sinagua and Yavapai cultures.   Hiking time is about 45 minutes each way and we will spend about 2 hours at the rock art site.   We should be back to our vehicles by 1-2pm.

    High clearance vehicle is recommended but not required.  Hiking boots required.  Hiking sticks recommended.  Two liters of water, lunch and snacks.    

    The hike is limited to 15.

    Meeting location will be in the confirmation email.  

    • 14 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
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    This Members-Only program will cover the cultures that have made the Verde Valley their home since 11,000 BC. We will cover the Paleo-Indian (11,500 to 9,000 BC), the Archaic Period (9,000 BC to AD 300), the Sinagua (AD 300 to 1450), and the Yavapai and Apache. Our journey will include a review of some of the more recent excavations in Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood, Rimrock and Camp Verde.

    This workshop is offered only to Center members. Class size limited to 24 people.  A close-up of some of the artifacts in the Center's collection will be included.

    Class fee covers hand-out materials.

    • 15 Jul 2016
    • 18 Jul 2016
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 0

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    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2016 dates are July 15-18, August 12-15 and August 26-29. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $185.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $235, which includes a one-year membership. The cost to attend a second or third session is $185, since membership was purchased with the first session. Wait until your membership is processed before registering for additional sessions.

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    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.

    For additional information, contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg@hotmail.com.

    • 19 Jul 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

    As editor of the third edition of Fran Kosik’s classic travel book, "A Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations," Jim Turner retraced her routes in January 2013, updating information on dozens of intriguing Native American trading posts, prehistoric ruins, museums, and natural wonders. Using the pictures taken on that trip, this presentation creates a visual travelogue of this vast beautiful and culturally unique domain.

    Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Jim Turner worked with more than seventy museums in every corner of the state. He wrote the pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, is a part-time editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers, and writes articles for magazines and newspapers. Turner moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona, and has been researching, writing, and teaching Arizona history for almost forty years.

    This is a free talk, open to the public.

    Cliff Castle Casino Hotel - July 19 - 6:30 pm


    • 12 Aug 2016
    • 15 Aug 2016
    • Cortez, Colorado
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    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2016 dates are July 15-18, August 12-15 and August 26-29. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $185.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $235, which includes a one-year membership. The cost to attend a second is $185, since membership was purchased with the first session. Wait until your membership is processed before registering for additional sessions.

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    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.

    For additional information, contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg@hotmail.com.

    • 26 Aug 2016
    • 29 Aug 2016
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2016 dates are July 15-18, August 12-15 and August 26-29. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $185.

    The Non-member cost to attend this session is $235, which includes a one-year membership. 

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    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.

    For additional information, contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg@hotmail.com.