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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 Plans Trip to Seldom Visited Mayan Sites of the Yucatan

The Center has scheduled a 13-day/12-night extra tour of the hidden Yucatan to visit many Mayan sites. The sites and activities on this tour are all important to the history and archaeology of the Maya, the culture and history of colonial Yucatán, the natural history of the peninsula and the living Maya of today. The well-paced, “all inclusive” itinerary will include visits to and tours of 14 Maya ruins, 14 attractions and 4 cities plus some very special surprises along the way. Click HERE to download the initial trip description.

Center Installs Satellite Monitoring System at Archaeological Site

The Center is participating in a pilot project of the State University of New York Syracuse funded by a National Park Service grant to adapt a satellite-based monitoring system used for the detection of wildlife poaching to remote archaeological sites.  The system employs a variety of tools such as metal detection and motion sensors to detect intrusion in areas previously victimized by vandals or pot hunters.  The Center installed a system at an archaeological site in the Verde Valley and is monitoring the site for intrusion.  At the end of the pilot, the Center may expand the program to deploy units at other sites.  This project was the subject of a National Public Radio story. Click HERE to see and hear that report.

Annual International Archaeology Day Benefit for the Center Taking Shape

The Center will hold its annual fundraising event on October 15 at the Sedona Poco Diablo Resort. This is the only major fundraising event of the year. This year will feature entertainment by the Susannah Martin Quartet performing songs from the years of the Indiana Jones movies (1935-1939). Tickets will go on sale on August 15.  There will also be a silent auction featuring jewelry, art, travel, etc.  The auction will open on October 3. Items in the auction are being added regularly, but you can see the current list of items by clicking HERE.  

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