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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 Grand Opening

Our Native American Heritage Pathway trail is nearly completed. We anticipate opening the trial to the public after Homestead Parkway is paved in June. Watch this space for more details. You can read more about the Pathway by visiting the Heritage Park section of the website.

Paul Dyck Painting Exhibition Extended

While most of our attention on Paul Dyck revolves around the phenomenal artifact collection that we were fortunate to receive from his family, we should not lose sight of the fact that he was a famous and accomplished artist. In 2016, the Paul Dyck Foundation Research Institute of American Indian Culture gave the Center three original paintings. One has been on display at the Center near the artifact collection. As part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, the family graciously loaned three additional paintings for temporary display. The exhibit was scheduled to run through the month of March, however, due to the very favorable public response it will be extended through May. 

Three of the paintings are available for sale. One of the March paintings sold and the Paul Dyck Foundation has provided a new watercolor for the exhibit. The free exhibit is open during regular business hours. Click HERE to learn more about Paul Dyck and the exhibit.

Field Seminars Now Available

The Center has launched a new offering of "field seminars" to archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. These guided seminars visit important sites with an experienced interpreter to give the visitor a more complete picture of prehistoric life in the Verde Valley than available on a self-guided tour. For more information, visit the Field Seminar 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