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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. 

International River Cruise 

The Center has entered into an agreement with AmaWaterways to offer a river cruise along the Rhine, Main and Mosel Rivers with our Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick, as host, from September 1 through 8, 2016. You will see Fortress Towns, Castles and Roman Ruins. As a member exclusive, the cruise line is offering a $500 per person discount. In addition, for each cabin purchase AmaWaterways will donate $500 per cabin to our Capital Campaign. Click HERE to download an information sheet.


Center Plans Events for Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

The Center will have a large and varied number of events during March to mark Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.  Full details appear in the Calendar of Events, but here are the highlights:

March 12 - Archaeology Road Show - Similar to the popular "Antique Road Show," this one-day event will feature Doug Gann, PhD (Archaeology Southwest, Tucson), Todd Bostwick, PhD and Kim Spurr, MA. Local residents can bring in prehistoric items from their private collections collected in the Verde Valley to be described and documented to help the Center fill in missing pieces in our knowledge of the Verde Valley.  No monetary value will be provided. Read More >>>

March 15 - Dr. William Lipe is an archaeologist with expertise in the Southwest archaeological method and theory. He will present a talk on "The Connection between Turkeys and the People of Mesa  Verde." Read More >>> 

March 19-20 - Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show. Lectures, films, entertainment, art.  Read More >>> 

CALL FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS -- Download the application and rules.

March 31 - American Epic PBS/BBC Special Preview
Partnering with the Sedona International Film Festival, we are pleased to present an episode from the forthcoming PBS/BBC special American Epic.  This episode includes historic film footage preserved by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and the Hopi Tribe. Read More >>>

Public Phase of Capital Campaign Kicks Off

With the acquisition of 15.27 acres in Camp Verde, containing a prehistoric pit house village, the Center has embarked on an ambitious Capital Campaign to raise the necessary funds to build a repository, museum, auditorium, classrooms and Native American Heritage Park.  The public phase of the campaign kicks off with a wine dinner with entertainment at the Javelina Leap Vineyard in Page Springs on March 18.  Limited seating tickets for this benefit go on sale on February 1.  Read More >>>

Eastern Illinois University to Study Center's Property

Dr. Steven DiNaso, a geospatial scientist at Eastern Illinois University, has generously volunteered to conduct very technical investigations of the Center's property that involve measuring the magnetic resistance of soils and subsurface deposits to define the location and configuration of cultural features that are not visible on the ground surface. The goal will be to identify cultural deposits in areas that will be disturbed by future development of the land, so that we can plan appropriate excavations. This May 2016 project will also involve taking low altitude, high resolution aerial photographs of the site that may show additional cultural features not visible from ground level. Dr. DiNaso will describe his work with a lecture in May.

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Keep up to date on all our activities by downloading the Center's free vvarchcenter app at the Google Play Store for Android devices and at the Apple Store for the iPhone and iPad. 

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