Seventh Annual Verde Valley
International Archaeology Day Benefit

Theme: Our Future is the Past

Kicking off the Capital Campaign Building Fund

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Poco Diablo Resort
1752 AZ Highway 179, Sedona

6:00 PM Cocktails

Silent Auction
(Items as of July 17)

  • Three vintage Navajo bracelets
  • Phoenix Symphony Experience: Concert tickets with a night at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel
  • Prescott Experience: Night at the Hassayampa Hotel plus a pending restaurant
  • Williams Adventure: Bearizona and Grand Canyon RR tickets plus a night at the Wild West Junction Inn
  • Arizona Stronghold Wine - four bottles and four tasting tickets
  • Four November 18, R. Carlos Nakai front row concert tickets at the Phillip England Performing Arts Center
  • Verde Canyon RR First-Class for two
  • Barlow Jeep half-day rental
  • Dinner for four at L'Auberge de Sedona
  • Willamette Valley Oregon Wine - four premium bottles of wine 
  • Sedona Poco Diablo Bed & Breakfast Package
  • Dinner for four at Enchantment Resort Che Ah Che Restaurant
  • Flora and Fauna Encounter: Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo tickets plus pending hotel stay
  • Cliff Castle Casino dinner for two at Storytellers Restaurant and one-night accommodations
  • Kayak Adventure - Clarkdale Kayak for two and Boathouse Bar & Grill certificate
  • Dinner and show pass for two at the Blazin' M Ranch
  • A variety of smaller items we'll be putting into gift baskets

7:00 PM Dinner

Fresh Baked Rolls with Sweet Butter
Premier Mixed Field Green Salad with Grapes, Candied Walnuts and Grape Tomatoes with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Choice of:

Grilled Salmon with Caper Dill Sauce with Roasted Red Potatoes and Glazed Carrots
Tender Medallions of Beef with Caramelized Shallots and Merlot Butters with Onion Straws
Served with Roasted Red Potatoes and Glazed Carrots
Vegetable Wellington with Apple Sage Sauce Served with Roasted Red Potatoes and Glazed Carrots

Chef's Choice of Dessert

Special Guest Speaker:

British-born and Cambridge University educated Brian Fagan is widely regarded as the world’s leading archaeological writer and has an international reputation as an author of influential books about major issues such as ancient climate change, the relationship between humans and water, past and present, and sustainability in ancient and contemporary subsistence level societies. His books have been translated into over nine languages. Brian spent his early career in Central Africa, where he worked in the Livingstone Museum in Zambia. He was involved in field research into multidisciplinary African history, monuments conservation, cultural tourism, and museum work. After a year in East Africa, he came to the United States in 1966 and was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2003. He is now Emeritus and an independent scholar. Since moving to Santa Barbara, he changed from being an African specialist into a generalist, concerned with public outreach and communications science to general audiences, especially through lecturing and writing. He has lectured widely both in the United States and Canada and also 

internationally to all kinds of audiences. In recent years, most of his books have been concerned with human relationships to climate change in the past, including water and general issues of sustainability. His major recent titles include Floods, Famines and Emperors, a study of ancient El Niños, The Little Ice Age, The Long Summer, and The Attacking Ocean. He has also written Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind and The Great Warming, an account of the Medieval Warm Period. His latest book is Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization.

Brian will take us on a journey through the compelling world of our past, from early human ancestors to ancient cities and the world of the Ancestral Pueblo. He tells us why archaeology is important, indeed essential, in today’s interconnected and industrialized world.

$95 ($45 tax deductible contribution)

Tickets go on sale on August 1

Click HERE for more information on sponsoring opportunities

The following were sponsors of our 2016 event:





Dr. F. Dennison Shaw, Jr.
and Janet Shaw

Dr. Mark Pico and
Kate Compton-Gore Pico

Auction Donors
David Bancroft
Tom and Lucie Burris
Enchantment Resort
Richard Henderson
Bill and Lynette Kovacovich
Walt and Nikki Miller
Sharon and Norm Olson
Suzy Palmer
Verde Canyon Railroad
Dr. F. Dennison and Janet Shaw
Jerry Walters