VVAC Press is the publishing division of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Inc. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate scholarship (through print and digital media) about the archaeology of the Verde Valley to educators, students and the public at large. We seek to facilitate the creative exploration, exchange, and evaluation of ideas and research.
Through the publication of scholarly and research works VVAC Press fulfills part of the mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center by furthering its fundamental commitment to the dissemination of knowledge of the archaeology of the Verde Valley.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Quarterly is the official member publication that is published each season. Members receive copies in the mail and can download the current issue by logging in to the Members Only web page. Previous issues are available to the public.
Understanding the Rock Art of Sedona and the Verde Valley
There are over 450 recorded rock art sites in the Sedona/Verde Valley of Arizona. Many visitors express great interest in the rock art and bring many questions. Who made them? How have they lasted this long? What do they mean? This book is not a scientific monograph on rock art. It does not contain elaborate bibliographic sources, although some are quoted and referenced. This book is intended to be a useful and thought-provoking introduction to the vast, scattered and sometimes unpublished literature on rock art, with specific focus on images and styles found in the Sedona/Verde Valley area. It is hoped that it will promote reflection on and appreciation of the people who created the rock art hundreds of years ago.
Sinagua Sunwatchers: An Archaeoastronomy Survey of the Sacred Mountain Basin
Revised and updated in 2013. Seasonal calendars were a foundation of early cultures of the American Southwest to identify the time for hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating. Solar seasonal calendars have been identified at Ancestral Pueblo sites in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Similar sites have been identified for the Hohokam in the Phoenix area and for the Norther Sinagua in the Flagstaff area. While there have been anecdotal reporting of rock art with solar significance within the Southern Sinagua areas, none had been documented. This study describes the solar markings employing the midday sun at the V Bar V Heritage site near Sedona, Arizona. The solar markings are part of the 1,032 rock art petroglyphs created by the Southern Sinagua at the site between A.D. 800 and 1400.
A Geological and Archaeological Study of the Solar Gnomons at the V Bar V Heritage Site
Bostwick, Todd W., and Paul Lindberg and Kenneth J. Zoll
Beginning in March 2005, a year-long survey was begun to document light and shadow effects on the petroglyph panel at the V Bar V Heritage Site in the Coconino National Forest. This study suggested that great care was taken to mark the passage of time and the arrival of specific points in time. However, questions remained as to the nature of the boulders that produce the shadows across the panel. In 2011, archaeologist Todd Bostwick, PhD, geologist Paul Lindberg and Ken Zoll conducted a detailed study of these boulders from 20' scaffolding erected at the site.
Heart of the Sky: Ancient Skywatchers of Central Arizona
This book is the result of eight years of searching for evidence of the astronomical practices of the people who lived in Central Arizona over the past two thousand years. Through observation and study, many sites have now been documented to show a sophisticated knowledge of their celestial surroundings.
These titles are available for sale at the Center, some Sedona bookstores and the Red Rock District visitor centers. They are also available on Amazon.com.
VVAC Press welcomes the submission of book or occasional paper proposals on the archaeology and anthropology of Central Arizona as it relates to the Verde Valley. Send proposals and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in publishing Masters or PhD theses dealing with Central Arizona.