Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • VVAC Museum

    In 2014, the Dyck Family Foundation donated the entire collection of artifacts that were excavated in the 1960's and 1970's from a rockshelter along Wet Beaver Creek.  The property belonged to painter Paul Dyck.  After over one year of cataloging (which continues today), the first items from the excavation will go on exhibit.  

    The exhibit opens with a Members-Only Preview starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.  The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, October 17 during our International Archaeology Day observance.

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • VVAC Learning Center

    As part of the observance of International Archaeology Day, the Center is pleasd to host Master artist Oralia López.  She has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique patterns of graduated squares and triangles, drawn with such exactness that a secondary design of diamonds is produced. The designs are painted on white clay with black, red, and white paints. Like all of the members of her family, Oralia uses paints mixed from local minerals.

    Her work is inspired by a rich heritage of Native American religious symbolism in geometrically patterned ceramics, and provides a spiritual connection to artists whose identity is lost in the mists of antiquity. Oralia’s great dedication to her work is reflected in the magnificent quality of each piece. She shows her work throughout the United States, and her reputation as an exceptional artist has spread to Europe and Asia.

    Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Location: VVAC Learning Center

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center

    The Center will mark International Archaeology Day with a series of lectures, films and a demonstration of Mata Ortiz pottery painting.  See the webpage  for more details on time and venue. 

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207

    As part of International Archaeology Day, the Center will again host Dr. Jaime Awe for a talk on the Archaeology of Belize.

     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.

    All lecture presentations are free and open to the public. 

    Time: 2:00 pm

    Location: Camp Verde Community Center, Room 206/207, 395 S. Main St., Camp Verde

    • 21 Oct 2015
    • VVAC Learning Center

    This program will provide an introduction to the field of archaeoastronomy, or cultural astronomy, in the American Southwest with influences from Mesoamerica.  The program will focus on the Sinagua calendrical markers found within the Verde Valley.

    This workshop is offered through the Yavapai College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Class size limited to 18 people. 

    To register go to the OLLI website.

    • 24 Oct 2015
    • Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona
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    Please plan to attend our Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Annual Benefit Gala.  

    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.

    The event features a Silent Auction and a short program including a talk by anthropologist and National Public Radio commentator, Scott Thybony.

    Menu selections include beef medallions, boneless chicken breast, or vegetarian. Tickets are $125 ($75 tax deductible) that include a drink ticket.

    Additional details and ticket purchases can be found on the webpage for the Gala.  

    • 06 Nov 2015
    • Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
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    Getting to the Point: Projectile Point Analysis and Typology in the American Southwest

    Projectile points are used as key cultural and chronological indicators, yet there is no current consensus how to properly analyze projectile points, nor is there agreement on how to assign them to existing typological styles or what is required to identify new types or styles. Other important issues include technological design, refurbishing, and repurposing of projectile points. Standards are needed for reporting the results of analysis, as well as the creation of comparative data bases for the more common projectile point types found in Arizona. This symposium will include paper and poster presentations on all things related to projectile points.

    Attendance is limited to the first 120 registrations.  Hotel rooms at the symposium rates are limited to 40 and must be reserved by October 6.

    • 06 Nov 2015
    • 07 Nov 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ

    Getting to the Point: Projectile Point Analysis and Typology in the American Southwest

    We expect that the multi-day conference will be well attended. Conference organizers anticipate that the superb tours of Verde Valley archaeological sites, the Fall beauty of Sedona and the high-quality and interesting presentations should draw attendees from throughout the state. In addition, the symposium will be a big attraction for the 500 members of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and the 500+ members of the Arizona Archaeological Society.

    Please consider supporting the conference by signing up for a General Sponsorship of $250 or more. The Sponsorship deadline is October 10.

    General Sponsors will receive:

    Your organization’s logo printed on tote bags and pocket folders distributed to all attendees,

    • Space in the tote bag for your organization to distribute promotional materials,
    • A sponsor/vendor table for your organization that can be used for promotion.
    • General Sponsors will also be acknowledged on the VVAC and AAC websites.

    Beyond General Sponsorship, your organization may sponsor any of the following events or refreshments:

    • The conference room for both days of use (Friday and Saturday) for $500
    • Thursday night reception cheese platters for $300
    • Thursday night reception vegetable/dips platters for $300
    • Friday morning coffee for attendees for $200
    • Saturday morning coffee for attendees for $200
    • Friday afternoon bottled water and soda for attendees for $250

    Sponsorship of these materials will be credited with an accompanying sign that gratefully acknowledges your organization’s contribution AND with the recognition benefits afforded General Sponsors (see benefits above).

    In addition to sponsorships, a limited number of non-sponsor vendor tables are available for rent at the symposium venue. Cost of a non-sponsor vendor table is $100 each.

    • 11 Nov 2015
    • Camp Verde

    Vaughn Hadenfeldt of Bluff, UT grew up in the Colorado Rockies. This prepared Vaughn for a career in the outdoors, but it is an entirely different place that inspires his passion. It was while he started and operated a successful retail mountaineering store, which grew to include him guiding climbing and backcountry expeditions in the mountains, that he visited Grand Gulch on Cedar Mesa in Utah and his new life was born.

    For over 30 years Vaughn has led people through the red-rock desert to discover for themselves the beauty of the landscape and the story of the people who lived here long ago. He has worked on excavation and documentation projects with notable southwest archaeologists. Vaughn has been featured in books such as Sandstone Spine by David Roberts which tells the story of their trek across the length of Comb Ridge; television programs and magazines including National Geographic Adventure where he was named North American Expert for Trekking. His expertise on the archaeology and natural history of the region is recognized throughout the Four Corners and the world.

    All lecture programs are free and open to the public.

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde

    • 12 Nov 2015
    • VVAC Learning Center

    In 1921 the Hopi were told that “church people” petitioned Congress to stop their “pagan” dancing.  A platform was erected on the U.S. Capitol steps where both Houses of Congress assembled with their families to see the Hopi dancers.  Congress then passed a Resolution giving the Hopi permission to carry on their dancing “for all time.”  They continued to perform, culminating in performances at Carnegie Hall.

    This workshop, offered through the Yavapai College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, traces their story including rare film footage.

    Limited to 24 people. To register go to the OLLI website.

    • 18 Nov 2015
    • VVAC Learning Center

    This 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 through the Yavapai College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Class size limited to 18 people. 

    To register go to the OLLI website.

    • 19 Jan 2016
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center's Annual Meeting and Election of the Board of Directors is held on the third Tuesday of January.  This year's meeting, in addition to reports of the President, Executive Director, and Treasurer, will feature an address by our Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick.

    Dr. Bostwick's topic will be announced closer to the date.

    The meeting and talk is free and open to the public.

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde

    • 16 Feb 2016
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel - Sedona Ballroom

    Dr. Charles Adams is the Curator of Archaeology for the Arizona State Museum.  He is also Director of the Homolovi Research Program and a professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona.

    During the summer, he directs a field school at Rock Art Ranch for students on the analysis of material culture from surveys and excavations of sites and landscapes occupied from 6000 BCE to 1250 CE. Rock Art Ranch encompassing 5,000 acres between Winslow and Holbrook.  It is a cattle ranch and home to one of the best preserved and most extensive collections of ancient petroglyphs in the world. Images etched into rocks adorn cliff faces, alcoves and overhangs in scenic Chevelon Canyon. Rock Art Ranch has immense archaeological significance, with researchers from the Smithsonian Institution, Heard Museum and other museums and universities visiting regularly.

    Dr. Adams will be presenting his recent findings from his work near Rock Art Ranch.  

    All lecture presentations are free and open to the public. 

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde

    • 19 Mar 2016
    • 20 Mar 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St., Camp Verde

    The Fifth Annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair will be held in the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St, just before the entrance to Ft. Verde State Historic Park. 

    The Fair features archaeology-themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family. Activities created and presented by archaeologists, educators and other specialists will include archaeology methods demonstrations and exhibits on pottery sherd identification, stone tools, excavation tools and techniques, prehistoric astronomy techniques and rock art methods and meanings. There will also be various informational booths including the Arizona Site Steward Program, the Oakcreek Watershed Council, Friends of Verde River Greenway, Friends of the Well, and the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

    Admission to the Fair is FREE. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  The Fair is held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Pecan, Wine and Heritage Festival.

    • 19 Apr 2016
    • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel - Sedona Ballroom

    Excavations on a former rice plantation located in South Carolina Low Country have uncovered ritual niches under the dirt floors of slave cabins. Laws prohibited slaves from gathering in groups, expressing their beliefs openly or any form of ethnic expression that unified them in order to control brewing unrest and revolts. This guest lecture by Dr. Sharon K. Moses of Northern Arizona University, examines how ritual deposits represent resistance and slave efforts to maintain African identities, despite attempts to convert them to Western European beliefs and culture.

    Dr. Moses is a registered professional archaeologist and received her Ph.D from Cornell University where she was an NSF (National Science Foundation) Fellow as well as the recipient of the Cornell SAGE Full Ride fellowship for the Anthropology graduate program. Her dissertation work was based upon on the child burials, rituals and other activities associated with children in the creation of sacred spaces in and outside of household dwellings at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Her work was conducted under the direction of Prof. Nerissa Russell (Cornell University) and under the auspices of Prof. Ian Hodder (Stanford University), Director of the Çatalhöyük Archaeological Project. She is currently an assistant professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at Northern Arizona University.

    All lecture presentations are free and open to the public.

    Time: 6:30 PM

    Location: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde