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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. 

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2016 Guided International Trip

Join Center members on a tour to Eastern and Central Mexico. April 4-14, 2016. This is a guided tour of Museums, Archaeological Sites and Cultural Sites. For more information or reservations call Jim Graceffa at 928 301-5214. DON’T MISS THIS ONE.


Dyck Rockshelter Exhibit Opens

The Dyck Rockshelter excavations of 1962 to 1972 are one of the most important investigations ever undertaken at an archaeological site in the Verde Valley because of the abundance of well-preserved perishable materials recovered through systematic excavations by professional archaeologists. The textiles and wooden artifacts that were collected rival and in many cases exceed those found in only a few other sites in the region. An exhibit of a small portion of the extensive collection is now on display. Read More >>

Center Receives Museums for America Grant

The Center has received a Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. IMLS supports the exemplary management, care, and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials entrusted to the museum’s care. These grants are based on several peer reviews.  One of the reviewers stated: For such an impressive young organization, the statement of need is solidly based in expert recommendations. The project fits in, and indeed is a large portion of their strategic plan going forward. VVAC is in capable hands and its future looks bright.

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