The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute is the educational program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Through the Field Institute we are proud to offer archaeology classes and guided hiking tours exploring a variety of archaeological subjects such as pottery identification, prehistoric architectural and agricultural methods, and more.
Archaeological stewardship refers to a preservation movement that focuses on protecting and maintaining archaeological sites for future generations. For several years, volunteer site stewardship has been recognized as an effective way to help protect archaeological and historical resources. The Arizona Volunteer Site Steward Program is administered by Arizona State Parks. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center supports this effort through its Verde Valley Site Watch program.
Archaeology is the scientific study of the material remains of past human societies. It is one of the sub-fields of anthropology. At the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, our focus is on the ancient cultures who have made the Verde Valley their home for over 12,000 years. These cultures are the ancestors of today's Hopi people as well as the Yavapai and Apache who still reside in the Verde Valley. We offer a variety of classes on archaeology-related topics. Visit our Calendar of Events for classes.
The Field Institute offers tours to highlight the beauty and drama of the archaeology of the Verde Valley. The physical demands of our tours will be as varied as the topics we explore. The Verde Valley offers visitors a world-class archaeological hiking experience. Our goal is to help the participant select the tour that will maximize their enjoyment and safety while ensuring that their skills and abilities match those of their fellow participants. Visit our Tour page for further information.