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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 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.

Museum Changes During the Summer

The current area of the Yavapai-Apache Nation exhibit is being blocked off with plastic sheeting for the construction of walls and electrical fixtures. Interactive panels will be installed together with two new display cases for a wickiup village diorama and "reservation baskets." This is part of the grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to enhance the exhibit. 

We are also moving some of the current display cases to different locations. The museum will remain open during these changes.

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.

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

Upcoming events

Autumn Archaeology Quarterly available for download