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    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument

    The National Park Service and the Clarkdale Historical Society would like to invite the public to Tuzigoot National Monument’s 78th birthday party on Tuesday, July 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  If you would like to join us for this celebration, please RSVP by calling our visitor center at 928-634-5564 no later than July 22nd

    Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and the pueblo trail will remain open until 7:00 pm.  At 7:00, we will have a featured guest, Dennis Coon, share family stories that highlight the connection between the historic Clarkdale and the excavation of Tuzigoot Pueblo.  

    Rod Timanus, author of “Images of America: Tuzigoot National Monument,” will also be signing autographs of his book.  Mr. Timanus is a local author and has written several books on the history of the Verde Valley.

    This event will be free to the public.  Western National Parks Association is helping us celebrate by offering a 15% discount off your entire purchase in our bookstore all day long!

    For a safe and fun evening, we advise that visitors wear close toed shoes and bring flashlights.  We also expect a warm evening, so bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Times and dates of this event are subject to change based on weather conditions. 

    Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928-634-5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.


    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
    • 9

    Join experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology to transform a Yucca leaf into cordage. In this workshop, you will learn how to process a whole Yucca leaf (Yucca bacata) to extract the fibers and spin 2-ply cordage using the hand- and thigh-spinning techniques. Yucca fiber cordage provided the foundation for many Sinagua sandal and textile forms in addition to being used for ropes, nets, snares, looped and twined bags, bowstrings, jewelry suspension cords, sewing thread, and anything else that required a durable cord

    Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Limited to twelve participants. $35 per person. The class will be held in the Center.

    Zack Curcija, holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. He specializes in the prehistoric technology of the Southwest with an emphasis on ornament production.

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
    • 11

    Join experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology to create your own archaeologically inspired stone pendant using the raw materials, tools, and manufacturing processes employed by the prehistoric craftspeople of the Verde Valley. In this workshop, you will make your own pendant starting from a raw piece of local argillite, a stone commonly used in Sinagua jewelry. With the toolkit of a prehistoric artist, you will transform the raw stone into a piece of jewelry following the methods of production outlined in the archaeological record. Photo: A Sinagua argillite pendant from the Verde Valley. Credit: American Southwest Virtual Museum, Bilby Research Center, Northern Arizona University. Courtesy, Ryan Belnap and Monica Saaty, photographer.

    Saturday, July 29, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Center. Limited to twelve participants. $75 per person. The class will be held in the Center.

    Zack Curcija, holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. He specializes in the prehistoric technology of the Southwest with an emphasis on ornament production.

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 07 Aug 2017
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 3

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2017 dates are August 4-7 and August 18-21. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year membership. The cost to attend a second is $195, since membership was purchased with the first session. Wait until your membership is processed before registering for the second session.

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg@hotmail.com.

    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 3

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The 2017 dates are August 4-7 and August 18-21. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.


    The Non-member cost to attend only the second session is $245, which includes a one-year membership.


    To reserve your space you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg1@gmail.com.

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ

    Tuzigoot National Monument is offering monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology in June. Demonstrations will be from 10am-12pm on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

    Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology was created by experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, to provide archaeology students and the public with a tangible view of how prehistoric southwesterners interacted with their environment and natural resources. The school's mission is to advance the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promote an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public. 

    Zack holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest.

    The entrance fee at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments is $10/person (children under 16 - free), good for both monuments. The national passes are accepted.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ

    Tuzigoot National Monument is offering monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology in June. Demonstrations will be from 10am-12pm on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

    Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology was created by experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, to provide archaeology students and the public with a tangible view of how prehistoric southwesterners interacted with their environment and natural resources. The school's mission is to advance the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promote an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public. 

    Zack holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest.

    The entrance fee at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments is $10/person (children under 16 - free), good for both monuments. The national passes are accepted.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde

    Matthew Guebard, Archaeologist for the Montezuma Castle National Monument, will describe new discoveries in his talk entitled: "New Discoveries and Native American Traditional Knowledge at Montezuma Castle National Monument." With new testing at the Castle and oral stories of the Apache, a new view of the abandonment of the Castle has been proposed. 

    This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free however a $5 donation per person to help defray costs would be appreciated. 

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ

    Tuzigoot National Monument is offering monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology in June. Demonstrations will be from 10am-12pm on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

    Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology was created by experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, to provide archaeology students and the public with a tangible view of how prehistoric southwesterners interacted with their environment and natural resources. The school's mission is to advance the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promote an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public. 

    Zack holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest.

    The entrance fee at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments is $10/person (children under 16 - free), good for both monuments. The national passes are accepted.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort

    The Center's annual benefit will again be held at the popular Poco Diablo Resort, a property of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.

    The theme of this year's event is "The Past is Our Future" to kickoff the Center's building campaign. See the event web page for more details.

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
    • 6

    Come join archaeologist Justin Parks and learn to craft a fully functional bow in the local Sinagua style of archery. The bows you create will follow the same design features and wood species of surviving prehistoric bows of the Verde Valley area. Justin Parks is an experimental archaeologist currently working as a contract archaeologist in the Southwest. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.

    Participants will:

    - Receive in-depth archaeological knowledge of southwestern archery from the only archaeologist to specialize in the wooden remains of prehistoric bows.

    - Learn from and examine Sinagua bow staves from the Dyck Rockshelter that were still in production.

    - Learn to carve a sapling using the natural shape of the tree, a prehistoric trick to save time and resources.

    - Learn why Sinagua bows look and behave according to design and the natural environment.

    - Learn to tiller a bow to bend properly, store energy, and not break!

    - Learn to shoot the bow in proper southwestern style.

    - Leave with a fully functional bow that looks and feels like the bows carried 1000 years ago, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of prehistoric bows and archery.

    First day: Carve bows to shape, and floor tiller (bow begins to bend).

    Second day: Tiller (bring bows to a proper bend, and achieve full draw). Target Practice!

    Class limited to six participants for this two-day workshop. Class will meet from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day with a 30-minute lunch break. 

    Members: $225 per person; $250 non-members. Bow Staves and tools will be provided. Participants will use steel woodworking tools.

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    Archaeologist Kim Spurr will discuss how prehistoric agriculture in the Southwest is typically equated with corn, beans, and squash. Another important crop was cotton, which provided both food and fibers for weaving. Cotton was cultivated throughout the Southwest, but had limited distribution in central and northern Arizona due to its need for ample water and a long growing season. Recent excavations and genetic studies have expanded our understanding of the role of cotton in prehistoric commerce and society. This presentation will highlight cotton textiles from the VVAC’s Dyck Rockshelter collection, as well as providing a broad background on the uses and cultural significance of cotton in the Southwest.

    Kimberly Spurr is Archaeology Division Director at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Vice-President of the VVAC. For more than 25 years, Kim has worked as a professional archaeologist in the American Southwest and the western U.S. She holds degrees in Anthropology from Colorado College and Northern Arizona University. She is adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University and spent over a decade training Native American archaeology students in field and lab settings. Her major research interests include pre-ceramic cultures of the Southwest, prehistoric exchange systems, economic development of the historic American West, and the bioarchaeology of prehistoric and historic populations.

    This lecture series is open to the public. Admission is free however a $5 donation per person to help defray costs would be appreciated. 

    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ

    Tuzigoot National Monument is offering monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology in June. Demonstrations will be from 10am-12pm on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

    Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology was created by experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, to provide archaeology students and the public with a tangible view of how prehistoric southwesterners interacted with their environment and natural resources. The school's mission is to advance the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promote an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public. 

    Zack holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest.

    The entrance fee at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments is $10/person (children under 16 - free), good for both monuments. The national passes are accepted.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Camp Verde and Sedona

    November 18 and 19

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta are collaborating in a celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a concert of Native American themes.

    The first half of the concert will feature Navajo flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, performing several selections from two of his albums with the Grand Canyon Symphony - Fourth World and Inner Voices on Canyon Records. The haunting flute melodies of R. Carlos Nakai is combined with the richness of a string ensemble in new arrangements of Nakai's melodies. The evocative power of the traditional flute is enhanced by the lush harmonies of violin, viola, cell and double bass in arrangement by two-time Grammy Award winner, Billy Williams. Williams’ arrangements create a tranquil soundscape for the mellow tone of Nakai’s flute that takes the listener on a meditative and peaceful journey into the inner world of memory and dreams.

    The second half of the program will feature  Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, born in Norman, Oklahoma, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. Tate earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He will perform original compositions with the Sinfonietta. He will also be Artist in Residence and will visit area schools and Native American children.

    November 18, 6:00 pm - Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, Camp Verde

    November 19, 2:30 pm - Sedona Center for the Performing Arts, Sedona

    Benefactor Members of the Center will receive two free General Admission tickets. Life and Patron Members will receive two free Reserved Seat tickets.

    Both concerts will be followed by a Backstage Ticket event to meet the artists and Sinfonietta conductor.

    Tickets for the concerts and the Backstage Ticket will go on sale in July at the Verde Valley Sinfonietta website.

    Watch this space for further details and ticket information.

    • 25 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.

    In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we are pleased to host the Eighth Annual American Indian Art Show

    November 25  - 10 am - 5 pm
    November 26 - 10 am - 4 pm

    This invitational show and sale include artists from Hopi, Navajoland, Zuni and New Mexico Pueblos. Native American musicians and dancers provide entertainment.

    Public admission to the American Indian Art Show is free.

    • 25 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St.
    • 65

    In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, we are pleased to host the Eighth Annual American Indian Art Show

    November 25  - 10 am - 5 pm
    November 26 - 10 am - 4 pm

    This is a juried invitational show and sale for enrolled Native American artists. Artists interested in participating can apply here by clicking on the REGISTER button in the left column or download an application.

    Single booths are 8' x 8' and we provide one 8' table and two chairs. A double booth is 16" x 8" and we provide two 8' tables and two chairs.

    BE SURE TO READ THE RULES AVAILABLE HERE BEFORE APPLYING.

    Suggested hotels and camping sites will supplied in the acceptance letter.

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ

    Tuzigoot National Monument is offering monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology in June. Demonstrations will be from 10am-12pm on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

    Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology was created by experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, to provide archaeology students and the public with a tangible view of how prehistoric southwesterners interacted with their environment and natural resources. The school's mission is to advance the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promote an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public. 

    Zack holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest.

    The entrance fee at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments is $10/person (children under 16 - free), good for both monuments. The national passes are accepted.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

    • 16 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    This is the Annual Meeting with a short business session followed by a lecture. Topic to be announced.

    Archaeologist and ancient technology specialist, Zack Curcija, will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the prehistoric southwestern disc bead industry. In the prehistoric Southwest, artisans manufactured disc beads of unsurpassed quality and quantity in all prehistoric North America. This lecture will review the development of the bead industry, regions of bead production, significant bead assemblages, in addition to the raw materials, toolkit, manufacturing processes, and labor costs required to produce the over 1,000,000 disc beads in the archaeological record. 

    Zack Curcija is an experimental archaeologist with over a decade of experience researching prehistoric southwestern material culture and technology. He holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Research Archaeology) from Northern Arizona University. His thesis research experimentally tested hypotheses on prehistoric southwestern bead technology. His primary research interests include the ornaments and perishable material culture of the prehistoric Southwest. Zack is also the founder of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology, an experimental and public archaeology company committed to advancing the knowledge of prehistoric southwestern material culture in academia and promoting an appreciation for southwestern archaeology among the public."

    All lectures of the Verde Valley Field Institute are free and open to the public. A $5 donation per person is suggested to help defray costs.

    • 13 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    In this Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute presentation, Justin Parks examines the function and role of the bow and arrow in the prehistoric Southwest through the perspective of experimental archaeology. Justin examined the surviving components of prehistoric bows and compared the artifacts to replica bows to better understand the performance the southwestern bow can achieve as well as important differences between artifacts. His findings highlighted discrete differences between artifacts that likely reflect historic descriptions of rabbit bows and war bows.

    Justin Parks is an experimental archaeologist currently working as a contract archaeologist in the Southwest. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona in May of 2017.

    His thesis focused on experimental archaeology to replicate prehistoric wooden bow and arrow components to better understand the significance of southwestern archery.

    All lectures of the Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute are free and open to the public. A $5 donation per person is suggested to help defray costs.

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 395 S. Main St., Camp Verde

    The annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is a Signature Event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.  

    March 17-18 - 10 am - 4 pm

    Within the Community Center will be demonstrations and exhibits related to archaeology.

    Access to the Community Center is free.



    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    Topic to be announced.


    All lectures of the Verde Valley Field Institute are free and open to the public. A $5 donation per person is suggested to help defray costs.


    • 08 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde

    A Colorful Past: Turquoise and Social Identity in the Late Pre-Hispanic Western Pueblo Region, A.D. 1275-1400.

    Turquoise is synonymous with the U.S. Southwest, occurring naturally in relative abundance and culturally prized for millennia. As color and material, turquoise is fundamental to the worldviews of numerous indigenous groups of the region, with notable links to moisture, sky, and personal and familial vitality. For Pueblo groups in particular, turquoise and other blue-green minerals hold a prominent place in myth, ritual, aesthetics, and cosmology. They continue to be used as important offerings, deposited in shrines and decorating objects like prayer-sticks, fetishes, and adornments. Archaeological occurrences of turquoise in contexts such as caches, structural foundations, and burials demonstrate its important, perhaps ritually oriented role in prehispanic Pueblo practices.

    Saul Hedquist, PhD, addresses the myriad uses of turquoise and other blue-green minerals in the late prehispanic Western Pueblo region of the U.S. Southwest (northeastern Arizona and western New Mexico, A.D. 1275–1400). Multidisciplinary research, including archaeology, geochemistry, and ethnography inform upon the role of turquoise in ancient social identification. I will outline stylistic variation in ornaments and painted items, patterns of placement in archaeological deposits (ritual offerings, for example), and regional patterns of mineral acquisition and exchange. 

    All lectures of the Verde Valley Field Institute are free and open to the public. A $5 donation per person is suggested to help defray costs.