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.
THE CENTER IS OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY - 10 AM to 4 PM - CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY
Verde Valley Archaeology Field Seminars Gear Up
The Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute is an educational program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. This program includes guided field seminars to the national monuments and to select private archaeological preserves owned by the Archaeological Conservancy.
Seminars are scheduled throughout the week but custom seminars can be arranged. Visit the Field Seminars page for more details.
Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico . This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental. This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert. For more information click HERE.
Native American Heritage Pathway Now Open
Our Native American Heritage Pathway trail is completed. The free trial is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Homestead Parkway is scheduled to be paved in July/August at which time the trail will be temporarily closed. A formal Grand Opening will take place in September after road construction. Additional information about the Pathway is available on the Heritage Park section of the website.
New Museum Exhibits Open September 1
The area of the previous Yavapai Apache Nation exhibit is being turned into a small art gallery of western art. New paintings from local artists will be on display as of September 1.
In addition a newly expanded Yavapai Apache Nation exhibit is nearing completion and will open to the public on September 1. This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Museums for American program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
A Members-Only Preview will take place on August 31.
Tickets Now Available for the 2018 International Archaeology Day Gala
The Center's main fundraising event is our annual International Archaeology Day Gala. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20, at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort. The theme of this year's event is "Steady Progress Toward Our Future" to highlight our achievements as we develop the Capital Campaign for our future campus on Homestead Parkway.Join us for a unique performance by Native American musician and artist Ed Kabotie. Kabotie is from the Hopi village of Shungopavi and the Tewa village of Khap’o Owinge, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. His "One Man Jam" project incorporates electronic looping technology to create a full band sound – including drums, acoustic guitar, bass, Native American flute, harmonica, and vocals in one performance! For additional information, visit the Annual Benefit page.
Autumn Archaeology Quarterly available for download