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.

Holiday Hours

The Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day, and New Years Eve and Day. 



Center Featured on Public Radio

KNAU public radio for Northern Arizona recently ran a story about the Center's Paul Dyck Collection.  Listen to the story by clicking HERE


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Winter Solstice at V Bar V Heritage Site

The Forest Service has asked our Executive Director, Ken Zoll, to give a presentation at the V Bar V Heritage Site on the Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 21.  The talk will begin at 1:30 and, if the clouds are cooperating, the first effect will start at about 2:10 followed by the second effect about 3:15. It is usually pretty brisk at that time so bundle up.  The talk is free but the usual Red Rock Pass, or equivalent, will be required for parking.  Ken will also use this event to release his new book Heart of the Sky: Ancient Sunwatchers of Central Arizona.  All profits from his book sales go directly to the Center.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, starting at 7:00 pm.  The business meeting will include election of the Board of Directors, and reports by the President, Executive Director and Treasurer.  After this short business portion, our Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick, will then give the first formal presentation on the Paul Dyck Collection.  More details on this collection will be coming in the next few weeks.

Pottery Types of the Tonto National Forest

Tonto National Forest Archaeologist Scott Woods will conduct a class on the pottery types found in the Tonto National Forest on Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Center's training room. Salado knew and used their surroundings well. The unique style of black and white designs on red pottery is associated with the Salado culture. However, archaeologists found that not all ceramics were decorated. They believe that plain pottery was used for daily use and decorated ware was probably reserved for ceremonies. Because Salado pottery was found throughout the Southwest, decorated ware may also have been used for trade with other American Indian groups. Class size is limited to 24. Click HERE to register.


Upcoming Events

10 Jan 2015 8:30 AM • Meet at the Fry's Market Parking Lot in Cottonwood (1100 S State Route 260)
20 Jan 2015 7:00 PM • Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Ballroom
24 Jan 2015 9:00 AM • Archaeology Center
31 Jan 2015 8:45 AM • Meet east of the I-17 Sedona exit in the north dirt pull-off
04 Feb 2015 9:00 AM • Camp Verde Community Center Rooms 206/207
28 Feb 2015 9:00 AM • Verde Valley Archaeology Center

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