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Members Excursion to Deer Valley Petroglyph
and S'edav Va'aki Museum      

Wednesday, February 28: 10:00am

Guided by Richard McGaugh and Monica Buckle

$50 Per Person: Includes Deer Valley Site Admission
Fee - Limit of 12 Participants 


Join us on a fun outing down in the Valley! We start our day with a docent led tour of ASU's Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, that features a rock art trail, Native desert plants, and animals in their natural habitat. As well as, galleries of on-going Southwest archaeology research by ASU faculty and students.


After our Deer Valley tour we will have lunch at a popular local restaurant, Manuel's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. After a nice lunch we will then journey South to S'edav Va'aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande Museum). 


S'edav Va'aki Museum is recognized as the gateway to the cultural history of the Phoenix area. The museum is located on a 1,500-year-old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture, and is the largest preserved archaeological site within Phoenix. We will take a docent led tour on a 2/3-mile trail through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village site with a partially excavated platform mound, ballcourt, and replicated prehistoric houses. Additionally, there are three galleries to visit at the museum.


This is a MEMBERS ONLY excursion. Advance registration is required. Please register here, and to find further details.


CLASS: Archaeology of Sedona and the Verde Valley

Friday, March 1, 2024 and on Saturday, March 2, 2024

9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the VVAC 

This course is an expansion of the program that the VVAC conducts for the Road Scholar Program of Northern Arizona University. The course will cover the following topics:

1.The Archaeologists – How we know what we “think” we know - tools and techniques

2.The Paleoindian and Archaic People – the first people of the area

3.The Sinagua/Hisatsinom – their arrival and departure

4.The Hopi and their ancestral ties to the area

5.The Yavapai-Apache entrance to the area

The course is FREE to volunteer Greeters and Docents. Fees are $35 for VVAC Members, or $50 for non-VVAC members.

Click on either of the above dates for the class you wish to register for. 

Coffee and water will be provided throughout the day. You may bring a snack for the break if desired.


Ken Zoll, Executive Director Emeritus
NAU Road Scholar Presenter

SUGGESTED (not mandatory) READING (available at the VVAC Museum Store or online)

Material will be provided in the course but the following items are also suggested:

The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona

Ancient Verde Valley Family Life: The Sinagua at the Dyck Cliff Dwelling

Surviving Conquest: A History of the Yavapai Peoples

Guide to Heritage Sites


VVAC Luncheon Event, Featuring a Presentation by Dr. Todd W. Bostwick 

Stonehenge: Old and New Ideas About the World’s: Most Famous Megalithic Temple

Thursday, March 7, 12:00pmat the Sedona Courtyard by Marriott


Celebrate Archaeology Month with VVAC and Dr. Todd W. Bostwick! Join us for a luncheon and presentation at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona. Enjoy a lovely lunch in the hotel's indoor event space. Dr. Bostwick will give an archaeology presentation following the lunch. The Courtyard by Marriott is located in West Sedona. 

The iconic circle of standing stones in southern England known as Stonehenge has long intrigued both scholars and the public. Stonehenge itself was initially constructed around 3000 BC and modified several times over the next 1000 years. There are numerous legends and stories about who built this structure and why, such as serving as a visually dramatic calendar. Systematic investigations among the upright stones and in areas surrounding them have revealed the standing stones are part of a larger sacred landscape which evolved over time. This talk will provide an overview of the current ideas about Stonehenge, including where the stones originated, how it was built, and the probable function of this famous megalithic monument.


Dr. Bostwick has been a professional archaeologist for 43 years. He holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Nevada-Reno, an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University (ASU). He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at the Pueblo Grande Museum and National Historic Landmark. After retiring from the City in 2010, Dr. Bostwick then served as the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center for 9 years and is now the Director Emeritus of Archaeology. 

Lunch Menu: Chicken Piccata with mushrooms and artichokes; Vegetarian penne pasta; Roasted Tuscan vegetables; Classic Caesar salad; Garlic Bread; Tiramisu. Beverages: Iced TeaCoffee, Water.

CLICK HERE for tickets: $57 per person (includes $7 gratuity fee).


Beaver Creek Heritage Days (formerly V-V Days) 

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17: 9:30am - 3:00pm

At The Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site and the V-V Historic Ranch

Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month and methods of Indigenous technologies with the USDA Forest Service, Arizona Archaeology Society: Verde Valley Chapter, Verde Valley Archaeology Center & Museum, and Friends of the Forest! Beaver Creek Heritage Days is a Verde Valley tradition, and returns for its first time since the Pandemic.


Join us for a fun and inclusive two-day event featuring engaging activities for adults, kids, and families! Hands-on experiences include: prehistoric atlatl throwing, flint knapping, and tool technology. Try your skills at prehistoric methods of cordage making, fire making, hunting technology, fiber spinning and textile weaving, create your own split twig figurine, as well as rock art demonstrations and blade demonstrations! In addition, there will be a special performance by the Warriorettes, a Yavapai-Apache Nation youth dance and drum group.


Discover new insights about The Crane petroglyph panel that features over 1,200 rock art images! The site is an advanced solar and lunar calendar, and is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley. Acquire information about 3D photo documentation of prehistoric sites, Ethnobotany of the region, a history of Homolovi, wilderness preservation, Native American Graves Repatriation and Protection Act (NAGPRA) compliance, American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) compliance, traditional cultural property identification, Tribal cooperative agreements, and burial agreements with Arizona State Museum and appropriate Tribes.


Beaver Creek Heritage Days is approved by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Please join us in commemorating the renaming of V-V Ranch to The Crane Petroglyph Heritage Site. The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Yavapai-Apache Nation, and Forest Service were instrumental in adopting a new name that embraces Indigenous representation.

Tour the Easton Collection Center at Museum of Northern Arizona

Monday, March 18: 10:00am 

MEMBERS ONLY: $40 Per Person - includes admission - Limit of 10 Participants 

Join Richard McGaugh and Monica Buckle for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Easton Collection Center at Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). We have the privilege of being guided through the impressive collections by Tony Thibodeau, MNA's Director of Research and Collections, and Signe Valentinsson, Collections Manager. 

The Easton Collection Center (ECC) houses most of MNA’s collection, and is an architectural masterpiece combining the most advanced environmental design techniques with the worldviews of the region’s Native people. Dedicated in June 2009, the ECC is named in honor of the facility’s donors, Betsy and Harry Easton. The ECC provides a stable and secure environment for collections, with optimal ranges of temperature and humidity; a fire suppression system; protection from insect damage; and a high degree of security. Built in consultation with a Native American Advisory Committee, the building faces East to greet the rising sun and has a curving shape to invoke the cycles of life. The building lobby captures dramatic views of the sacred San Francisco Peaks. A glazed solar aperture next to the main entry door casts rays from the rising sun onto the structure’s inner door on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and marks the path between the summer and winter solstices on the inner wall of the building’s vestibule. The exterior landscape design consists of plants native to this region.


Afterwards, we will drive to Delhi Palace Cuisine of India restaurant, where we can discuss the tour over fabulous traditional Indian food. This excursion is exclusive to VVAC members. Advance registration is required. Click HERE to register, where you will also find further details



Friday, April 12: 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Mark your calendar, you have an invitation to Jazz Into Spring at the Museum! Be entertained by the renowned Jazz Trio: Kris Baldwin, Kathi Bellucci, and Joe Clyne! 


Enjoy wonderful food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Dance to Jazz favorites, socialize on the museum's outdoor patio space, indoor dining area, and stroll through the galleries. 


Ticket information coming soon! Please stay tuned! 

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