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Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute Offers Monument and Archaeology Tours

The Verde Valley Archaeology Field Institute is an educational program of the Archaeology Center. The Institute offers various classes and workshops throughout the year, as well as guided hiking tours to the National Monuments and to private archaeology preserves owned by the Archaeological Conservancy. Click the button to find out more and to book a tour. See some of our site visits by visiting us on Flickr

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Special Summer Lecture

Title: "Captive Cousins: Hoomothya (Mike Burns), Wassaja (Carlos Montezuma), and Indian Citizenship in the Progressive Era." Dr. Maurice Crandall will discuss the history of two prominent Yavapai first cousins–Mike Burns and Carlos Montezuma–who were both captured as children, raised in the East, and separated from their people for long periods. Both went on to become the first U.S. citizens from Arizona, and found citizenship to be full of failings for American Indians of their time.

Maurice Crandall is an enrolled member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. He graduated from Mingus Union High School, earned his PhD in History from the University of New Mexico, and is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Give Me A Name!

We have three archaeo-animals along our Native American Pathway, but they do not have names. During July and August kids under 13 can enter a contest to give each animal a name and, they can draw them as well! Prizes will be given for the best names and the best drawings. The contest runs through August 25. Entry forms must be dropped off in the Center. Click HERE for the entry form with directions to the Pathway. The entry form will also run in six issues of the Camp Verde Bugle during July. Good luck and have fun!

Corn Fest 2019

Camp Verde Corn Fest is back - Saturday, July 20, 11 am to 8 pm. Celebrating local agriculture featuring Hauser and Hauser sweet corn, with fresh roasted corn, food vendors, and other crafters. The event will take place on Hollamon Street and inside the Community Center Gym. There will be lots of local entertainment including music, mini plays with kids and book readings in Spanish, English, and Yavapai on the stage inside the Gym. The VVAC will host a Native American Art Show from 10 am to 6 pm in the museum with a variety of activities for the kids in the Community Center Gym such as corn grinding. Click HERE for our Corn Fest flyer activities.

Arizona Site Stewards

The Arizona State Parks and Trails site steward website is down for maintenance. If you are interested in becoming a Site Steward, you can download a paper application and send it in to the Center for sites in the Sedona Verde Valley area.

Colorado Field School Registration Open

The Center's annual Colorado excavation field school near Cortez is open for registration. There area two sessions available: August 16-19 the August 23-26 session is SOLD OUT! Click the date above to register for more the three remaining slots or for more information.

2019 Gala Benefit - Save the Date

Our annual International Archaeology Day Benefit will be at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort on October 19. Sponsorships are available NOW. Tickets go on sale on August 1. We are very pleased to welcome back for this year's gala, Dr. Brian Fagan after an extremely popular presentation at our 2017 gala. British-born and Cambridge University educated Brian Fagan is widely regarded as the world’s leading archaeological writer and has an international reputation as an author of influential books about major issues such as ancient climate change, the relationship between humans and water, past and present, and sustainability in ancient and contemporary subsistence level societies. His books have been translated into over nine languages.


385 S. Main St., Camp Verde

Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Group Tours must be reserved two weeks in advance.

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