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    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
    • 8

    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, June 24, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (including 30 minute lunch break) at the Center. Limited to twelve participants. $75 per person. The class will be held in the Center. Participants should bring a lunch. The Center's kitchen refrigerator and microwave will be available to use.

    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.

    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Archaeology Center
    • 0

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    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, June 24, 2:00 am to 4:00 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 Jun 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Camp Verde Library, 130 N Black Bridge Rd.

    The Camp Verde Library is hosting Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space. This is a traveling exhibit for libraries, as part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning a the Space Science Institute. Discover NASA is supported through a grant from NASA. The Camp Verde Library is the ONLY library in Arizona to host this exhibit.

    During the exhibit, the library is hosting weekly astronomy lectures. The lecture on Thursday, June 29, at 6:30 pm will be given by Executive Director, Ken Zoll, on "Meteorites and Arizona's First Meteorite Man."  Ken is an Arizona Humanities Council presenter.

    Harvey Nininger has been called the "father of modern meteoritics." As an exceptionally successful meteorite hunter, Nininger collected specimens of 226 meteorite falls not previously identified, of which only eight were actually seen to fall. He began collecting and studying meteorites in 1923, during a period when the leading scientists of the day thought there was nothing left to learn from them. By the time Nininger retired, the Space Age had dawned and meteorites had become a key component of research into the origin of the Earth and the Solar System. He established the American Meteorite Museum in 1946, near Winslow, Arizona, and then moved it to Sedona in 1953. The museum was closed in 1960 when he sold most of his collection to Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies.

    For more information visit their website at www.cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.

    • 15 Jul 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.

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 07 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 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.

    • 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.

    Admission to the American Indian Art Show is free.

    • 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

    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

    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.