The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on the last weekend in March. Our events have been recognized as "Signature Events" of the Arizona SciTech Festival.  These events are part of the Camp Verde's Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival  held next to our events.

Join us for two exciting days of archaeological adventures, and take a trip back in time to explore the past through hands-on activities and presentations. Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, live presentations, and special programs.  Our Archaeology Fair is a free event that feature archaeologically themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family. Activities are created and presented by archaeologists, educators and other specialists. Click HERE for the Fair Flyer.

The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajoland, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities.  Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale.  The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits. Application for 2015 American Indian Invitational Art Show booth space is now available by clicking HERE.  Be sure to read the Show Rules.

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2015
Camp Verde Community Center and Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Saturday - March 28

10:00 am - 4:00 pm -- Camp Verde Community Center
Archaeology exhibits and the American Indian Art Show

11:00 am Free Lecture -- Community Center Rooms 206/207
Tree Ring Research and Mediterranean Dendroarchaeology
Ela Czyzowska-Wisniewski, PhD, University of Arizona

Noon -- VVAC Learning Center
Return of the Camp Verde Meteorite

Ken Zoll, Executive Director, VVAC

1:30 pm Lecture -- Community Center Rooms 206/207

The Eagle and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Southwest Aerial Survey
Erik Berg is an award-winning historian and writer with a special interest in the early twentieth century Southwest and the impact of science and technology. In addition to contributing to several books his work has appeared in the Journal of Arizona History and Arizona Highways

Charles Lindbergh is best known for his famous 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But few realize that Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, played a brief but important role in archaeology. In 1929 they teamed up with noted archaeologist Alfred Kidder to conduct an unprecedented aerial photographic survey of Southwest prehistoric sites and geologic features including Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly. Featuring Lindbergh’s historic photographs, this presentation describes this adventurous pioneering collaboration of aviation and archaeology.

Sunday - March 29

10:00 am - 4:00 pm -- Camp Verde Community Center
Archaeology exhibits and the American Indian Art Show

11:00 am Free Lecture -- Community Center Rooms 206/207

The Hopi Migration Project
Eric Polingyouma carries a heavy burden of responsibility. As the last of the highly respected Blue Bird clan, he is responsible for carrying on Hopi oral histories and an evolving migration story. He spent a large portion of his life examining and discovering migration paths from areas near or around Guatemala and Oaxaca, seeking shared symbolic traditions or possible Hopi clan symbols during his travels. Eric is director of the Hopi Migration Project, a program that brings the oral tradition of the Hopi to a general audience. 

1:30 pm Free Lecture -- Community Center Rooms 206/207

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art
Alan Dart, M.A., RPA - Al Dart has worked and volunteered in Arizona and New Mexico archaeology since 1975. He is the Executive Director of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson non-profit organization 

Ancient Indian petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) and pictographs (rock paintings) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. But are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans? Dart illustrates how petroglyph and pictograph styles changed through time and over different regions of the American Southwest prehistorically and historically, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

Erik Berg and Alan Dart are sponsored by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and the AZ Speaks program of the Arizona Humanities.

International Archaeology Film Festival

Visit the International Archaeology Film Festival page for a schedule of films.

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