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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. 



We are pleased to announce the return of our Summer Archaeology Film Fest.  This event offers free archaeology films on Fridays during June, July and August.  Films will be shown at the Sedona Public Library and at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde.  All films start at 6:30 pm. To see the film line-up click HERE.

Center Participates in National Geographic GeoTourism

Recently National Geographic Society, in cooperation with the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council, celebrated the launch of the Verde Valley participation in the National Geographic Geotourism program.  We are 1 of only 22 areas in the entire world to be featured on the site. Click here to be taken to the parent page and scroll down to the Sedona Verde Valley image and click through.

National Geographic says this regarding Geotourism:“Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism encompasses a range of travel opportunities including culture and heritage, history, food, nature, the outdoors, water, music and arts.”

Welcome to Our Newest Business Members

The Center is pleased to welcome our newest Business Member - the Camp Verde Days Inn, 1640 West Highway 260 (I-17 Exit 287 next to Denny's), Camp Verde, AZ 86322, 928-567-3700. The hotel is very close to Out of Africa, Montezuma Castle , Cliff Castle Casino and to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, making it a perfect base camp to explore the area. We appreciate the support of our business members and hope you will support them as well.

We are not only very pleased to welcome Moscato Restorante Italiano as a business member, but also as a neighbor. They are just across the street from the Center at 396 S. Main St. in Camp Verde.  We recommend this restaurant to all of our visitors.  

The Center welcomes the Sedona Rock Art Gallery as a new Business Member. They are located in the Red Stone Centre, Suites 8 & 9, 150 SR 179 in Sedona (just before SR 179 enters the last roundabout). It is attached to the Love Africa Decor Gallery. We have been invited to participate in the Sedona First Friday Art Walk at the Sedona Rock Art Gallery on Friday June 3. At 6:00 pm, Executive Director Ken Zoll will give a 45-minute presentation on the use of rock art in solar calendars. Refreshments will be served. Any donations made during the evening will benefit the Center's Capital Campaign. Read More >>>

With a focus on archaeology and historic preservation, Cornerstone Environmental Consulting provides clients with environmental consulting services tailored to their specific project needs. They are headquartered in Flagstaff with a satellite office in Tucson. Josh Edwards of Cornerstone is also on the Center's Advisory Council and volunteers at the Center doing faunal research.

Center FREE App Now Available

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


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