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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. 


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.”

Native American Heritage Month Art Show Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Native American Heritage Art Show has been cancelled. 

Mesoamerica 2018 Trip SOLD OUT

The Center again offered a well-paced archaeology, history and natural history tour in 2018. The tour includes the Tabasco and Chiapas regions of Mexico, the Peten region of Guatemala and the western hills and valleys of Honduras and El Salvador from February 23 through March 8, 2018 (14 days/13 nights). 

Keep up to date on all our activities by downloading the Center's free vvarchcenter app at the Google Play Store for Android devices and at the Apple Store for the iPhone. 


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

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