Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 26 Jul 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Archaeology Center

    Fang and StingerConrad J. Storad is the award-winning author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults. His newest titles include Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, and Arizona Way Out West & Witty – Library Edition, fun history and activity books for young readers co-authored with Linda Exley. AZ Witty was named One Book Arizona for Kids in 2012 by the Arizona State Library. AZ Wacky earned many honors in 2012. It was the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal winner for children’s nonfiction; the 2012 Moonbeam Children Book Award winner for children’s nonfiction; and was named Best New Children’s Nonfiction Book for 2012 by USA Book News. The same group named Storad’s Fang and Stinger and his Rattlesnake Rules as Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Books for 2013 and 2011, respectively. 

    Conrad will do an animated reading of Fang and Stinger and do book signing of several books that are for sale in the Center's bookstore.

    • 01 Aug 2014
    • 04 Aug 2014
    • Dove Creek, Colorado
    Registration is closed

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Dove Creek, Colorado at Mitchell Springs or at the Champaign Springs Ruins. The dates of this session is August 1-4. The next session is on August 15-18.The cost to attend only this session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership. The cost for only this session for members is $125.

    These field schools are open to all members. 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 Dove Creek, CO or Monticello, Utah, 25 miles away. Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp 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.

    • 14 Aug 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Departing from the Archaeology Center
    • 23
    Mesoamerican and Archaeology Tour

    The Arizona Museum of Natural History presents the hall of Mesoamerican cultures because there are links between the high cultures of Mexico and Central America and the ancient Native American civilizations of the Southwest, particularly the Hohokam. Included is a reproduction by noted Arizona artist Zarco Guerrero of an Olmec (1400-400 B.C ) colossal head. The colossal heads, carved from single boulders, stood between 1.6 and 2.4 meters high. Cost: $95per person

    We travel via air-conditioned mini-bus with two rows of two with an isle down the middle; all seats are high-back bucket reclining seats.

    Lunch is on your own but we will make reservations at a nearby restaurant before the return trip.  Cost: $95 per person.

    Reservations must be made by August 1.

    • 15 Aug 2014
    • 18 Aug 2014
    • Dove Creek, Colorado

    The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Dove Creek, Colorado at Mitchell Springs or at the Champaign Springs Ruins.  The dates of this session is August 15-18. The cost to attend only this session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership.  The cost for only this session for members is $125.  If you attended both of the previous sessions, the cost of this additional session is $50.

    These field schools are open to all members. 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 Dove Creek, CO or Monticello, Utah, 25 miles away.  Those who would like to dry camp, you can camp 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.
    • 15 Sep 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Museum of Northern Arizona, Pearson Hall
    • 5
    What Bone Is This? An Introduction to Faunal Osteology


    This workshop will offer an introduction to identifying animal bones that are commonly found in archaeological contexts. The goal of the course is to differentiate faunal bone from human bone, to classify faunal bone based on morphology, and to identify evidence of human modification to faunal bone. The course will also cover proper handling and storage of faunal bone. Workshop format will include lecture, visual presentation, and hands-on work with faunal bone to practice identification techniques.


    The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Pearson Hall, and will be taught by Kim Spurr, Bioarchaeologist and Supervisory Archaeologist at MNA.

    The workshop is open to Verde Valley Archaeology Center members only, and limited to 15 participants. The cost is $40 per person. Workspace is limited so this limit will not be expanded.  If this sells out we will offer this class again in the Winter.

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino Sedona Ballroom

    The Sherman Loy Memorial Award is given annually to an avocational archaeologist for their outstanding efforts in the protection and promotion of the archaeological heritage of the Verde Valley.  The recipient is chosen based on their contribution to our knowledge of archaeology, active participation in the preservation or protection of archaeological sites, presentation of educational lectures or discussions, published books or articles, or who has worked closely with organizations that contribute to the science of Anthropology.

    The Sherman Loy Memorial Award will be inaugurated in 2014 at a presentation on September 30 at 7:00 pm in the Cliff Castle Casino Sedona Ballroom.  The first recipient of this award will beJoe Vogel. Joe Vogel moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1987.  Following his retirement from Eastman Kodak he spent his days patrolling known archaeological sites -- and discovering new ones -- from the cockpit of his 1967 Citabria airplane. Joe has photographed more than 900 sites from 1,000 feet in the air. His more-significant finds include landscape anomalies that led to the identification of prehistoric sites in the Agua Fria National Monument 40 miles north of Phoenix. He also used his flights to look for vandalism. “If I see some vandalism, I try to photograph the site again,” he says, “to see if there has been new damage to it.” 

    The evening will include a presentation by Joe of some of his aerial photography as well as remarks by Dr. David Wilcox.

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

    • 11 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
    The Center will mark the International Archaeology Day with lectures, demonstrations and films.
    • 18 Oct 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona

    Our distinguished speaker for this event will be Marshall Trimble is an American author, singer, community college professor, and Arizona's official state historian. He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in February 2011. In March, Marshall was the Grand Marshal in the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade. That same year the Arizona Historical Society presented him their distinguished Al Merito Award in recognition of his lifetime service in promoting Arizona history. The Arizona Centennial Commission honored him in December 2011 as "One of Arizona's Most Inspiring Leaders."

    • 21 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd.
    Dr. Kerry Thompson began her career in anthropology in 1992 when she was hired as a student in the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department (NNAD) at the department’s Northern Arizona University office. Between 1992 and receiving her BA in 1998, she worked in the NNAD-NAU student-training program on small and large-scale archaeological projects for the Navajo Nation.

    During these years, she trained as a technological lithic analyst.  With two other undergraduates, she was invited to work in Australia during the summer of 1998 where she surveyed in the dry lakes region of Victoria with Aboriginal archaeologist, April Blair, Ph.D.  Between 1992 and receiving her BA in 1998, she worked in the NNAD-NAU student-training program on small and large-scale archaeological projects for the Navajo Nation.  During these years, she trained as a technological lithic analyst.  With two other undergraduates, she was invited to work in Australia during the summer of 1998 where she surveyed in the dry lakes region of Victoria with Aboriginal archaeologist, April Blair, Ph.D.  After receiving her degree, she was promoted to a staff archaeologist position and coordinated the NNAD-NAU student-training program.  She received her MA in anthropology from NAU in 2002, where George Gummerman served as her thesis advisor.  While in the NAU graduate program, she pursued her interest in lithic technology with the Moche Foodways Archaeological Project on the north coast of Peru.  Her master’s thesis is entitled, A Technological Analysis of Three Moche Lithic Assemblages from the North Coast of Peru. 

    During her doctoral studies, Ms. Thompson received a minor in the American Indian Studies Program (AISP).  Part of her minor coursework included Federal Indian law and policy, critical race studies and globalization.  Coupled with a fifteen-year career in Southwestern archaeology, Thompson’s interests expanded to include Federal Indian law, critical race studies and cultural resource management legislation.  While studying Federal Indian law, she became aware of a large set of recordings of Navajo archaeological sites and ethnographic data.  These data were generated as an exhibit for the Navajo Land Claim (NLC) against the United States in the mid-20th century.

    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Departing from the Archaeology Center
    • 24
    People & Plants of the Sonoran Desert

    This Trail is one of the largest exhibits of its kind dedicated to understanding the cultural relationships between people and plants in our region. The trail winds through five habitats that have provided people with useful plants for food, fiber, medicine and cultural purposes for 2,000 years: Desert, Desert Oasis, Mesquite Bosque, Semi-desert Grassland, and Chaparral.  Please note this trail is on a dirt path and requires a large amount of walking. Special talk by Wendy Hodgson, Research Botanist, on her study of agave of the Verde Valley.

    We travel via US Coachways air-conditioned mini-bus with two rows of two with an isle down the middle; all seats are high-back bucket reclining seats.

    Lunch is on your own but we will make reservations at a nearby restaurant before the return trip.

    THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT although members can bring guests.  Cost: $125 per person. Registration will be available soon.

    LIMITED TO 24.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Departing from the Archaeology Center
    • 24
    Hohokam Platform Mound and Museum Tour

    This Trail is one of the largest exhibits of its kind dedicated to understanding the cultural relationships between people and plants in our region. The trail winds through five habitats that have provided people with useful plants for food, fiber, medicine and cultural purposes for 2,000 years: Desert, Desert Oasis, Mesquite Bosque, Semi-desert Grassland, and Chaparral.  Please note this trail is on a dirt path and requires a large amount of walking. Special talk by Wendy Hodgson, Research Botanist, on her study of agave of the Verde Valley.

    We travel via US Coachways air-conditioned mini-bus with two rows of two with an isle down the middle; all seats are high-back bucket reclining seats.

    Lunch is on your own but we will make reservations at a nearby restaurant before the return trip.

    THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT although members can bring guests.  Cost: $105 per person. Registration will be available soon.

    LIMITED TO 24.

    • 16 Nov 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207
    Kate Compton-Gore, M.A., is on the Board of Directors of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

    Kate received her degree in anthropology from Northern Arizona University.  During her studies, she worked on the relationship between diet, status, and the Wari imperial impact on the Peruvian prehistoric population of Tenahaha in the Cotahuasi Valley. Kate collaborated with Dr. Corina Kellner and visited Peru in the summer of 2008. She was the lab manager for two years under the direction of Dr. Kellner and had been her Graduate Assistant in classes such as ANT 101 (Humankind Emerging) and ANT 370(Human Ecology). With Dr. Kellner, she presented a poster of her M.A. Thesis at the 2010 Society of American Archaeology in St. Louis.
    • 24 Jan 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
    • 24

    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.

    • 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.




Past events

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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