OUR MISSION is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; and to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology.

Paris and Normandy on the Seine River

Please join the Verde Valley Archaeological Center members on a cruise on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy that will benefit the VVAC! This is a fundraising cruise with 5% of cruise costs to be donated by AMAWATERWAYS River Cruise Line to help fund the new VVAC!  The date of the cruise is April 9 through 18, 2015. Reservations are required by November 30, 2014. Not only will you benefit the VVAC, but you will receive a discount of $750 per person.  Click HERE for the cruise flyer for more details. This is open to all, not just members.  

How We Know What We Know: Forensic Anthropology in the Real World

October 21, 7:00 pm, Sedona Creative Life Center. Forensic anthropology is presented in the popular media as a dramatic and exciting scientific discipline that is central to solving high-profile crimes. As is often the case, reality is more measured but no less interesting. Using real-world case studies, Kim Spurr  will give this presentation on methods developed and used by forensic anthropology, what information can be derived from the study of human remains, and why the public is fascinated. 

Kimberly Spurr has been a professional archaeologist for nearly three decades, working in the American Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. She specializes in bioarchaeology, the study of human remains and mortuary features, which focuses on innovative ways to understand and reconstruct the past and the lives of people.

How Prehistoric Cultures Used Fiber and Made Cordage

In this workshop, Al Cornell will show on how to make strong, reliable cordage, completely from nature. We will study the types of plants, trees, and animal fibers that make the best fiber and cordage as well as learn several manufacturing techniques.

There will be demos relating to the above, followed with a hands-on component, wherein the participants will have an opportunity to experiment in making cordage.

This class will be offered on Friday, November 14 and repeated on Saturday, November 15.  Classes are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Cost is $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Members have priority for sign-up.  Each class size limited to 16.  Click HERE to register for Friday, or click HERE to register for Saturday.

Upcoming Events

21 Oct 2014 7:00 PM • Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd.
14 Nov 2014 9:00 AM • Archaeology Center Learning Center
15 Nov 2014 9:00 AM • Archaeology Center Learning Center
16 Nov 2014 2:00 PM • Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207
20 Jan 2015 7:00 PM • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Ballroom
24 Jan 2015 9:00 AM • Archaeology Center

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