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
New Classes Now Open
Due to the popularity of two of our recent courses, experimental archaeologist Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology will offer them again on July 29. In the Yucca Cordage class you will learn how to process a whole Yucca leaf (Yucca bacata) to extract the fibers and spin 2-ply cordage using the hand- and thigh-spinning techniques. In the Argillite Pendant class you will create your own archaeologically inspired stone pendant using the raw materials, tools, and manufacturing processes employed by the prehistoric craftspeople of the Verde Valley. Visit the Event Calendar for more information and to register.
Field Seminars Begin Labor Day Weekend
The primary purpose of the Verde Valley Archaeology Field Seminars is to share the rich cultural history of the Verde Valley with residents and visitors. We use the term “seminar” to highlight the educational component our instructors include in every outing, but there is an equal emphasis on exploration and discovery. Visits to specific cultural sites with a trained field guide provides an educational and preservation-oriented experience. These hikes visit notable locations throughout the prehistory of the Verde Valley, letting hikers walk through the footsteps of history along the same paths that indigenous people once walked. Learn More >>>
Poco Diablo Resort Offers Labor Day Weekend Seminar Special
The Sedona Poco Diablo Resort, a Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe owned resort, is offering a special Labor Day weekend special of a two-night stay, with breakfast, a box lunch and an after-hike foot message to go along with the start of our Field Seminars. Package includes two night stay, Breakfast Buffet each morning, Box Lunch for the day, and a 30-minute Foot Massage in the Spa. Download the full package description HERE. To learn more about the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort, visit their website.
Center Partners with Verde Valley Sinfonietta for Native American Concert
The Center has partnered with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta for a special concert during Native American Heritage Month featuring Navajo flutist R. Carlos Nakai. The concert will also include performances by Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate who will also be the composer-in-residence to visit area schools to talk about musical composition. The Saturday, November 18 performance at 6:00 pm will be at the Phillip England Performing Arts Center in Camp Verde, and repeated on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale on the Verde Valley Sinfonietta website beginning July 15. Members at the Benefactor and above levels are eligible to receive free tickets to the Camp Verde venue performance.
Eight Annual American Indian Art Show Applications Accepted
The Center will hold its Eight Annual American Indian Art Show on Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-26, 2017, in the Camp Verde Community Center. This is the largest indoor American Indian Art Show in the Sedona/Verde Valley area. Artist applications are now being accepted HERE.
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