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The MISSION of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate 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. 


Call For Artists: The Paul Dyck Celebration of Archaeology in Art

Past people have shaped the landscape of the Verde Valley. They left their mark through their dwellings, markings on rock, and the terracing of the landscape. Art can provide a visual interpretation of the landscape of these past people along with the scientific interpretation of archaeology. The goal of this Celebration is to demonstration the relevance that the past has for today’s contemporary artists that are evoked by the art and artifacts of our ancestors.

The theme of the Show and Sale is “Art Inspired by Archaeology and Archaeology as Art.” Subject matter is limited to archaeological subjects, including ancient dwellings, rock markings (rock art), landscape with archaeological features, or inspired by the ancient American Southwest textiles and pottery. Native American artists will be given preference for up to 50% of spaces. See the Art Show page for details.

Field Seminars Now Available

The Center has launched a new offering of "field seminars" to archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. These guided seminars visit important sites with an experienced interpreter to give the visitor a more complete picture of prehistoric life in the Verde Valley than available on a self-guided tour. For more information, visit the Field Seminar page.

2017 President's Report

At the annual membership meeting on January 16, Center President James Graceffa delivered his Annual  President's Report. You can download a copy by clicking HERE.

Please report vandalism of an archaeological site. You can call anonymously: 928-567-0066 or email: sitewatch@vvarchcenter.org

Upcoming events

Autumn Archaeology Quarterly available for download