OUR MISSION is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; and to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology.
Our Future is the Past Benefit Gala
Capital Campaign Kicks Off with Benefit Gala. With the acquisition of the Simonton Ranch property, the Center is now poised to meet its primary mission objective to stop the removal of artifacts from the Sedona/Verde Valley area and to house them locally in a new, modern curation facility. The Capital Campaign will kick off with a 5th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Gala at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort on October 24. Read more >>
Center Observes International Archaeology Day
The Center will observe International Archaeology Day on October 17 with a full day of programs with the theme "All Things Mesoamerican." All events are free. The Center will host demonstrations and talks on Mata Ortiz pottery and will show free National Geographic Society films on Peru's ancient culture. The day will conclude with a talk by Dr. Jaime Awe, former director of the Archeological Institute of Belize on his summer excavations in Belize. Read more >>
Getting to the Point: Projectile Point Symposium
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is teaming up with the Arizona Archaeological Council to present a symposium on November 6 on projectile points of 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. The symposium on November 6, will include paper and poster presentations on all things related to projectile points. Read More >>
Center Receives Museums for America Grant
The Center has received a Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. IMLS supports the exemplary management, care, and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials entrusted to the museum’s care. These grants are based on several peer reviews. One of the reviewers stated: For such an impressive young organization, the statement of need is solidly based in expert recommendations. The project fits in, and indeed is a large portion of their strategic plan going forward. VVAC is in capable hands and its future looks bright.
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