Mission: The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections in the Sedona and Verde Valley region of Central Arizona, and to promote their educational, scientific and cultural use We also preserve the history of the Native Americans who made this area their home for thousands of years..
Results: Since our establishment in October 2010 we have increased our membership to over 500, mostly couples. We now have new interactive exhibits and a research laboratory. In May 2011 and are working toward moving to a new building on donated land for expanded research, keeping items in the Verde Valley, and new displays as well as classes with both youth and adults.
Target demographics: with preservation & conservation of 800 year old artifacts and Verde Valley findings
Geographic areas served: Preservation, Conservation, and Education
Programs: Archaeological Research and Analysis
Agent of the Archaeological Conservancy sites
School programs in archaeology and preservation
Exhibit and display development
Museum displays and visitor enhancement for Verde Valley
Educational field seminars to archaeological sites
Classes, hikes, and workshops for our members
For over 20 years I have been volunteering within the archaeology community of the Verde Valley. A major emphasis which I found lacking was unification throughout the various towns/cities within the Verde Valley emphasizing the wealth of undiscovered/unappreciated pre-history within this verdant valley. During the late 1800's, the archaeologists who came and saw the exception number of sites here took what they uncovered and sent same back to the Smithsonian and other museums in the East, because there were sadly lacking facilities here in the Southwest who even had room for the artifacts.
The aim of the VVAC is to provide an accredited museum facility to show the world the exceptional ability of ancestral peoples in their adaptation to an environment and - indeed - improving on that environment with outstanding examples of weaving, ceramics, archaeo-astronomy, and so much more which needs study and analysis. Our members are dedicated to learning more each day about the pre-historic Southwest and implementing the best of our efforts in identifying and processing our findings for the benefit of the entire arena of Southwestern archaeology.