Paul Dyck passed away in 2006 at age of 88. In 2014, John Dyck, son of Paul Dyck and President of the Dyck Foundation, contacted the Verde Valley Archaeology Center to inquire if they would be interested in having the Dyck Rockshelter artifact collection and site records donated to it. The Center quickly accepted the collection. This exhibit displays only a tiny fraction of the items in the collection. There is a display of Farming and Gathering, Hunting, and Weaving. It is our intention to rotate the items periodically over the next several years.
A description of Paul Dyck's life and the collection can be viewed by clicking HERE.
In 2017, Verde Valley Archaeology Center was awarded a grant of nearly $24,000 from the Museums for America program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services to strengthen and expand our exhibit on the prehistory and history of the Yavapai and the Apache cultures who have occupied the Verde Valley since about 2,000 B.C. This need was identified during discussions with the Yavapai Culture Director and the Apache Culture Director of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
A description of the Yavapai-Apache Nation exhibit can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The Honanki Collection is on loan from the U.S. Forest Service of items from the Honanki Heritage Site, one of the few prehistoric sites in the National Register of Historic Places. One of the reasons Honanki is so significant to the Verde Valley was the discovery of a large number of perishable artifacts. The preservation of perishable artifacts, as seen in this exhibit, is outstanding. More examples of prehistoric cordage, basketry and weaving textiles have been recovered from Honanki than from any other site in the Verde Valley. Since all of such objects are composed entirely of perishable plant and animal materials, few textile and basketry materials have survived. At Honanki, for example, only about 120 textile fragments were recovered. Consequently, relatively little is known about the development and changes in perishable technologies through time. Our understanding of prehistoric Pueblo textiles and basketry is almost entirely based on materials found in dry caves, only a few of which have ever been scientifically excavated.