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The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute is a program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Through the Field Institute we are proud to offer archaeology classes and guided hiking field seminars 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.

We support the Site Steward program in monitoring about 160 sites on the Coconino and Prescott National Forests. We are also the managers of six private archaeological preserves owned by the Archaeological Conservancy.


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 s variety of classes on a variety of related topics. Check the Events Calendar to learn what classes are being offered.

Field Seminars

An archaeology field seminar is a hiking trip that visits outdoor venues of archaeological significance. We design all of our field seminars to highlight the beauty and drama of the archaeology of the Verde Valley. The physical demands of our field seminars 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 field seminar that will maximize their enjoyment and safety while ensuring that their skills and abilities match those of their fellow participants.

Our field seminars are offered Labor Day through Memorial Day. Due to high daytime temperatures, we do not offer most seminars during June, July and August although custom, private tours can be arranged.

Click HERE to learn about current field seminars and how to make a reservation.

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