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    • 10 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Rimrock
    • 0

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    Red Tank Draw has some of the best prehistoric petroglyphs in the Verde Valley.  Members will see hundreds of petroglyph elements on this hike.  

    Participants should be prepared for approximately 0.5 miles (1.0 mile aggregate hike distance, with 50ft of cumulative elevation gain) walking on river cobblestones that can be loose or unstable.  Ankle-high hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.  There is no definitive trail.   Long pants and long sleeves are also recommended as there are isolated areas of prickly vegetation near the petroglyph sites.  

    We will meet at 9:00am and be back to the vehicles around 12:30pm.  Bring a quart of water and a snack.  

    The hike is limited to 12.  

    Meeting location will be in the confirmation email.  

    • 15 Dec 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Rimrock
    • 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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    Red Tank Draw has some of the best prehistoric petroglyphs in the Verde Valley.  Members will see hundreds of petroglyph elements on this hike.  

    Participants should be prepared for approximately 0.5 miles (1.0 mile aggregate hike distance, with 50ft of cumulative elevation gain) walking on river cobblestones that can be loose or unstable.  Ankle-high hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.  There is no definitive trail.   Long pants and long sleeves are also recommended as there are isolated areas of prickly vegetation near the petroglyph sites.  

    We will meet at 9:00am and be back to the vehicles around 12:30pm.  Bring a quart of water and a snack.  

    The hike is limited to 12.  

    Meeting location will be in the confirmation email.  

    • 21 Dec 2016
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • V Bar V Heritage Site

    Our Executive Director, Ken Zoll, will give a talk at the V Bar V Heritage Site on the Winter Solstice on Wednesday, December 21, beginning at 1:30 pm. The site is normally closed on Wednesdays, but tor this event the gates open at 12:30 pm. The sun dagger on the ground appears about 1:55 pm while the sun dagger that bisects the winter solstice concentric circle petroglyph appears at about 3:00 pm.  Admission is free but parking requires a Red Rock Pass or the equivalent. For more information, contact the Forest Service at 928-203-2900 or at their website.

    Dress warm - it can be cold at the site.

    • 17 Jan 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde

    More than 235 Hohokam ball courts have been recorded in Arizona, including the Verde Valley. Archaeologists believe these courts were used to play a ritual ballgame that originated in Central America where it was played for over 2,000 years. The Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Zapotec, Hohokam, and other cultures played a ballgame that involved team participation and has been called “the sport of life and death.” This richly illustrated presentation by our Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick, discusses the Mesoamerican ballgame, its ritual and cosmological significance, and the variety of courts, game equipment, and art associated with the game.

    He will present current ideas about Hohokam ball courts and their importance in facilitating trade and resolving social conflicts in prehistoric Arizona. Photographs taken by Dr. Bostwick will be shown of ball courts in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Arizona.

    This free talk will follow the Center's annual meeting and is open to the public.

    This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free to members. A $5 donation by nonmembers is suggested.

    • 14 Feb 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 333 Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde

    Dr. Jaime José Awe is a Belizean archaeologist who specializes in the ancient Maya. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and the Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Dr. Awe will give a presentation on the 2016 field season which he describes as "particularly exciting with the discovery of two hieroglyphic panels and a large tomb at Xunantunich." He will talk about these new discoveries and their ongoing Belize cave research.

    This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free to members. A $5 donation by nonmembers is suggested. 

    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.

    The annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is a Signature Event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.  The Fair features archaeology related lectures, films, demonstrations and classes. Visit the Archaeology Fair page for details as they are announced.


    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    In this presentation, archaeologist Kim Spurr will discuss how prehistoric agriculture in the Southwest is typically equated with corn, beans, and squash. Another important crop was cotton, which provided both food and fibers for weaving. Cotton was cultivated throughout the Southwest, but had limited distribution in central and northern Arizona due to its need for ample water and a long growing season. Recent excavations and genetic studies have expanded our understanding of the role of cotton in prehistoric commerce and society. This presentation will highlight cotton textiles from the VVAC’s Dyck Rockshelter collection, as well as providing a broad background on the uses and cultural significance of cotton in the Southwest.

    Kimberly Spurr is Archaeology Division Director at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Vice-President of the VVAC. For more than 25 years, Kim has worked as a professional archaeologist in the American Southwest and the western U.S. She holds degrees in Anthropology from Colorado College and Northern Arizona University. She is adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University and spent over a decade training Native American archaeology students in field and lab settings. Her major research interests include pre-ceramic cultures of the Southwest, prehistoric exchange systems, economic development of the historic American West, and the bioarchaeology of prehistoric and historic populations.

    This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free to members. A $5 donation by nonmembers is suggested.