The Verde River Valley and Sedona area is rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Below you will find information on the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Archaeology/Historical educational events and listing of Historical sites and National monuments.
- Verde Valley Archaeology Center
- Archaeology/Historical Educational Events
- Historical sites and National Monuments
Verde Valley Archaeology Center
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the only organization in the Verde Valley region dedicated to the care, management and use (‘curation’) of archaeological artifacts found throughout the Verde Valley region. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center offers a wide varitey of educationsl exhibits, events and seek to facilitate the creative exploration, exchange, and evaluation of ideas and research. The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections and to promote their educational, scientific and cultural use. Their vision includes the following points
- To have the resources to accept and preserve archaeological artifacts and to make them available for research and education;
- To work in partnership with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities we serve;
- To foster a deeper understanding of human history through the science of archaeology and the cultural artifacts that remain;
- To share our knowledge and experience as a model dedicated to cultural preservation.
We encourage you to visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center located at 348 South Main Street, Suite 6B in Camp Verde, Arizona. Several years ago a local resident passed on and in his will he transferred his collection of artifacts to the Yavapai-Apache Nation who have held them in storage. The Nation has given this entire collection to the Center on a permanent loan for study and display. Most of the items on display are from this collection. The Nation has also provided some of its exquisite basketry for display. I highly recommend calling (928-567-0066) before stopping by to be sure they are open due to the fact that the center is staffed with volunteers, and while they attempt to maintain regular hours,they are subject to the availability of volunteers. All information found here has been taken directly of the centers website, we highly recommend you check out their website for more valuable information at Verde Valley Archaeology Center.
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3rd Annual Festival of Native American Culture
Celebration of Native American Music and Dance
Immerse yourself in Native American culture. The Festival of Native American Culture is a place where friends of the Native American culture come together to share their passion. Hosted by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Inc., the festival is a non-profit event with proceeds dedicated to the protection, preservation and interpretation of the Native American cultural heritage sites of Sedona and the Verde Valley of Arizona. We are pleased to partner with the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona for the 2011 Festival of Native American Culture as our primary host. Many events will be held on their beautiful grounds. Festival of Native American Culture.
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Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month
“Celebrating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage”
Celebrate Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month with events all month long, all throughout Arizona! Plus, check out the Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Expo on March 3, on the Arizona State Capitol Grounds with educational attractions, displays and more! The expo is an official Arizona Centennial Event. See Complete Calendar of Events listed by city.
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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair
“Learn about archaeology through exhibits, demonstrations and lectures”
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is a new event with its inauguration during Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month in March 2012. The Fair features exhibits, demonstrations, a “archaeology for kids” area, and an International Archaeology Film Festival featuring archaeology documentaries from Germany, France, Brazil, Latvia, Australia and the United States. The Fair will include an American Indian Art Show. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.