Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 10 Jan 2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • Meet at the Fry's Market Parking Lot in Cottonwood (1100 S State Route 260)

    NOTE: This hike is full but please continue to register if you'd like to be on the wait list. We'll let you know if there's a cancellation or an additional hike added.

    This hike will be led by VVAC President and pottery expert Jim Graceffa. Hatalacva is located in Clarkdale, and is an un-excavated, 100 room, Tuzigoot Phase site, owned by the Archaeology Conservancy (limited to the public).

    It has been noted that the pot sherds found at Hatalacva are very good examples of classic Verde Valley pottery.

    The hike is moderately strenuous and will take approximately 3-4 hours.  Bring good hiking shoes, hat, water, lunch or snack.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and the group is limited to 16. We will meet at the Fry's Market Parking Lot in Cottonwood (1100 S State Route 260) at 8:30am. 

    There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for all VVAC hikes.  Checks can be made out to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, and are tax deductible.




    • 20 Jan 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Ballroom

    The Annual Members Meeting will include reports by the President, Executive Director and Treasurer and election of Directors for 2015.

    Following the business meeting will be a presentation by Director of Archaeology on the Dyck Ranch Collection.

    • 24 Jan 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
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    Tonto National Forest Archaeologist Scott Woods will conduct a class on the pottery types found in the Tonto National Forest. Salado knew and used their surroundings well. They learned to cultivate crops in small patches of fertile land on the craggy hillsides. They collected rain water for later use. Some group members wove textiles from native plants, including cotton; others made pottery from local red clay and decorated the vessels with intricate black and white designs. The unique style of black and white designs on red pottery is associated with the Salado culture. However, archaeologists found that not all ceramics were decorated. They believe that plain pottery was used for daily use and decorated ware was probably reserved for ceremonies. Because Salado pottery was found throughout the Southwest, decorated ware may also have been used for trade with other American Indian groups.

    Class size is limited to 24.

    • 31 Jan 2015
    • 8:45 AM
    • Meet east of the I-17 Sedona exit in the north dirt pull-off

    NOTE: This hike is full but please continue to register if you'd like to be on the wait list. We'll let you know if there's a cancellation or an additional hike added.

    This hike will be led by petroglyph specialist Bud Henderson and will take approximately 3 hours.  There are eight panels of rock art along the draw.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and the group is limited to 16 since some of the rock art locations are small and tight.

    The hike is relatively easy except that we will be walking over river boulders and rocks, so footing can be unsteady.  Walking sticks are helpful and good footwear with traction is highly recommended.  

    We will meet east of the I-17 Sedona exit in the north dirt pull-off at 8:45 a.m. 

    There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for all VVAC hikes.  Checks can be made out to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, and are tax deductible.


    • 04 Feb 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207

    Taught by Dr. Todd Bostwick and Kimberly Spurr, this is MANDATORY TRAINING for ANY member who plans to volunteer in the Center or in the Field during 2015.

    This class will cover the main laws and regulations that govern the process of archaeology in the state of Arizona. The subject matter will include the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit process, and the Arizona Antiquities Act (ARS 41-841 through 844 and 41-865).

    • 28 Feb 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
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    B. Ka'imia Chrisman, M.D., will present a workshop consisting of the following: discussion of using traditional methods;  the reason for choosing one wood or bone type over another to make specific items;  cutting, shaping and polishing of wood and bone/antler will be taught, including the use of basalt or chert saws, sandstone or coral sanders and polishers, polishing material such as certain leaves and charcoal, and traditional paints, sealers or oils; the use of the pump drill and how one is made.

    Participants can then try their hand with such things as the pump drill, splitting and sawing bone, antler or wood to a needed shape, adzing or hatcheting on a limited basis, abrading, sanding, and polishing.  In essence, you will learn the basics needed to later create a bow and arrow, tool, utensil or fishhook at home or camp using traditional methods.

    Class limited to age 15 and over please - except by consent of presenter - due to needed attention span, patience, and safety. Class size limited to 15 persons

    Please bring lunch as there will be a short lunch break.

     

    • 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.

    • 03 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts

    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.  

    Dr. Laurence Garvie, Research Professor, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Center for Meteorite Studies, deciphers early Solar System processes through the use of innovative, high-spatial-resolution electron microscopic and spectroscopic studies of meteorites. His studies primarily focus on carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, which provide a unique record of the physical and chemical processes that shaped our Solar System. Dr. Garvie will talk about his work, including the study of the Camp Verde meteorite.  

    Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts
    210 Camp Lincoln Rd., Camp Verde

    This talk is open to the public and is free but a $5 per person donation to the Center would be appreciated.

    • 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.




    • 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!!

    • 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

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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