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    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • M Diamond Ranch, Forest Road 618
    • 100

    Join us for an enjoyable summer evening Chuckwagon Dinner, Wednesday, June 21. Gate opens at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm and talk at 7:00 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, potatoes, Anasazi beans and cobbler
    Iced tea, lemonade, water
    $75 per adult - $50 per child under 13
    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.

    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 09 Aug 2017
    • Eastern Arizona
    • 20

    Executive Director Ken Zoll will lead a member-only excursion to Eastern Arizona. The primary visit will be to the Casa Malpais National Historic Landmark. Ken conducted a 3-year study of the astronomical features of the site. The site includes a well preserved room block, Great Kiva, rock art and circular structure thought to be an astronomical observatory. His monograph on the study is available on Amazon.

    Other sites to be visited will include the Lyman Lake State Park Petroglyph Island and Rattlesnake Ruin. Other site visits are being planned.

    August temperatures average 83 degrees during the day and 44 degrees at night. Most visits will be during the morning hours before possible afternoon monsoons. We will leave most afternoons free to explore the various nature preserves of the White Mountains on your own.

    The fee for this excursion is $125 per person, which includes any entrance fees. There is a maximum of 20 participants.

    A special rate has been negotiated with the Sunrise Inn Best Western in Eagar. A limit of 10 rooms are being held until July 6.

    Additional details will be released as developed.




    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 4

    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 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.

    • 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.


    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

    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.


    • 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

    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.