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    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cliff Castle Casino, 333 Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde

    Bears Ears includes what is almost undoubtedly the greatest and densest assemblage of archaeological sites in any comparably-sized area on the continent. Every temporal stage of Southwest prehistory is represented there, from Paleoindian straight through to Spanish. The place all but exhales the grand sweep of total human adaptation to the arid and wily West. It is also one of the most important landforms to Native American cultures of the region, as sacred as Grand Canyon or the San Francisco Peaks.

    This talk is split into three parts: a short summary of the exploration and cultural resources of the Bears Easrs area (i.e., synopsis of the Historic Photography project); a summary of some prominent research projects in Bears Ears archaeology that are currently taking place; and, a rundown of the conservation effort and challenges.

    R.E. Burrillo is an author and archaeologist with multiple degrees in anthropology and archaeology. His technical work has appeared in Kiva, Southwestern Lore, The Archaeological Record, and Blue Mountain Shadows. His mainstream work appears in Archaeology Southwest, the Salt Lake Tribune, the San Juan County Record, and Cracked. He currently splits his time between Flagstaff, Salt Lake City and Cortez, Colorado.

    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • M Diamond Ranch, Forest Road 618

    Join us for an enjoyable summer evening Chuckwagon Dinner, Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 pm

    The M Diamond Ranch is located south of Sacred Mountain, the location of the sunwatchers who created the V Bar V Calendar. Archaeoastronomer Ken Zoll will describe his discovery of the Sinagua sun shrines along the Mogollon Rim.

    Menu

    Salad
    Dutch Oven beef brisket, potatoes, beans and cobbler
    Iced tea, lemonade, water
    $75 per person
    Cash wine bar by Clear Creek Vineyards


    Music by Alvie Self. A versatile and excellent guitar player, Alvie was inducted into The Western Swing Music Association Hall of Fame and is an honored member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

    Tickets go on sale at the Center and online on May 1


    • 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
    • 5

    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.

    • 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
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The New Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

    October 21 - 6 pm - 10 pm

    The music of the Indiana Jones movies set between 1935 and 1939 will be featured during the 2017 benefit dinner and silent auction to benefit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. The benefit this year will move to the NEW Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde. Music will be provided by the Suzannah Martin Quartet. See the event web page for more details.

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

    November 18 and 19

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta are sponsoring a concert of Native American themes featuring Navajo flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, during National Native American Heritage Month. Watch this space for further details and ticket information.