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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. 

The Center will be closed the holiday weekends December 23-25 & December 30-January 1

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.

Native American Heritage Garden Takes Shape

The Center has partnered with the Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens (VVAG) in the development of a traditional use garden as part of the Native American Heritage Pathway. Details of our progress can be found on the Garden Project page.

Center Receives Museums for American Grant

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC) has announced the receipt of a $23,983 Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand its exhibit on the Yavapai-Apache Nation. In 2017 the IMLS received 558 applications. IMLS’s peer reviewers evaluated all eligible grant applications, assessing the merit of each proposal and its fit with the goals of the grant program. IMLS staff presented this information to the IMLS Director, who then made the final funding decisions.

The VVAC received one of 132 projects selected to receive funding. “As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

Excursion to Paquime Ruins

The Center has announced a four-day trip that includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquim√©, 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.  Group size limited to 17. For more information, visit the event page. Registration does not open until January 15, 2018.

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

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