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Native American Heritage Pathway

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The Center's property in Camp Verde contains a prehistoric pit house village below ground. The initial investigation identified eight to ten pit house structures. Subsequent surveys have revealed that there are twenty archaeological features, mostly pit houses but extramural hearths (fire pits outside a dwelling) as well. They are arranged in an arching pattern along the east and north end of the property. One pit house was excavated. The Center decided to leave the majority of the property undeveloped and designated as a Native American Heritage Preserve with an educational pathway and traditional use garden.

Pathway Exhibits

The primary purpose of the pathway is to provide an educational opportunity for members, residents, visitors, and children to learn about the people who lived on this property as early as 540 A.D. The plaques were fully-funded due to the generosity of our members. 


Wildlife - The excavation of the pit house at location 1 included various animal bones. This finding together with historical information, will present the wildlife that these people would have experienced. The exhibit is sponsored by Joe and Sonya Landholm and the bench sponsored by Mary Byrd in memory of Harris Byrd.

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