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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. 


Mesoamerica 2018 Trip Scheduled

The Center is again offering a well-paced archaeology, history and natural history tour in 2018. The tour will include 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). For more information visit the Activities  page.

New Discoveries at Montezuma Castle

Our next lecture will be on September 26 at 6:30 pm at the Lodge at Cliff Castle Casino. Matthew Guebard, archaeologist for the Montezuma Castle National Monument, will describe new discoveries and Native American traditional knowledge of the Montezuma Castle National Monument. With new testing at the Castle and oral stories of the Apache, a new view of the abandonment of the Castle has been proposed. New evidence suggests that the site was not simply evacuated by its inhabitants, as archaeologists have believed for more than 80 years. Instead, recent research shows that its final days were likely fraught with violent conflict and death — an account corroborated by Native American oral histories of the site’s collapse some 600 years ago. For more information click HERE.  

International Archaeology Day Benefit

The Center's primary fundraising event each year is a benefit on International Archaeology Day. This year the event will be on October 21 at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort. Our special featured speaker will be Brian Fagan. Brian is British-born and Cambridge University educated. He is widely regarded as the world’s leading archaeological writer and has an international reputation as an author of influential books about major issues. To learn more about this event, please visit the Annual Benefit webpage. Tickets can now be purchased online.

Silent Auction Features Over 50 Items

In conjunction with the Annual Benefit, we will hold a silent auction of almost 50 items from katchina carvings, to Mata Ortiz pottery, to Oakcreek Golf Course packages, to tickets to the Phoenix Symphony with a night at the Kimpton Phoenix Hotel. You can see the items (more being added regularly) by clicking HERE. Bids will start to be accepted on October 14 and end on the night of the Benefit. You do not need to attend to bid on a silent auction item.

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 are now on sale on the Verde Valley Sinfonietta website.

Native American Heritage Month Art Show

During Native American Heritage Month, the Center will hold its 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.


Center FREE App Available

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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