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The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum - A Window to Northern Arizona Past

Verde Valley Archaeology Center outside view. The Center is located in Camp Verde, Arizona.The Verde Valley Archaeology Center outside view. The Center is located in Camp Verde, Arizona and is a "must see" for anyone visiting Sedona.

Sedona, AZ: Last evening, the Rotary Club of Sedona was treated to a visit and presentation at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, near Sedona, Arizona. With a new research facility and museum, the Center is dedicated to promoting the public's interest in archaeology and strives to keep local Native American/Sinagua artifacts safe from pilfering and profiteering. The Verde Valley abounds with amazing ancient Indian sites and rare artifacts. In addition to other mind-blowing objects currently on display at the VVAC Museum, there are new exhibits of extremely old perishable items (such as fragments of baskets and woven materials).

Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center stands with the Paul Dyck Rockshelter Collection Exhibit at the Museum. Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, stands with the Paul Dyck Rockshelter Collection Exhibit at the Museum.

Executive Director Ken Zoll was our presenter and guide for the evening.  He engenders a unique excitement and enthusiasm, having everyone attending interested in the Center's extremely important work at a multitude of sites across the Verde Valley.

The Paul Dyck Rockshelter Collection Exhibit a highlight at the Museum right now, an includes a fascinating variety of textiles, pottery, and tools preserved inside a rockshelter in Rimrock, Arizona. The story behind the discovery of these objects is equally fascinating, as the rock shelter was found on land owned by an artist directly related to the world famous Flemish painter, Sir Anthony Van Dyke.

There is much more at the Museum, and a visit to their website provides just a small sampling of what visitors can expect to find.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center - inside view of exhibits.The Verde Valley Archaeology Center - inside view of exhibits.

Verde Valley Archaeology Center Museum - pottery specimens.Verde Valley Archaeology Center Museum - ancient pottery specimens.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center also developed the Sinagua Trail®, a circular loop of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley that visitors to the area don't want to miss. This includes:

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Montezuma Well National Monument
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • V Bar V Heritage Site
  • Palatki Heritage Site
  • Honanki Heritage Site
  • Sacred Mountain
  • Bell Trail
  • Red Tank Draw

Learn more about the Sinagua Trail.

For more information on the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, visit their website, or better yet, visit their wonderful museum at 385 S. Main Street, Camp Verde. Or call 928-567-0066.

Admission is always FREE!

Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sundays - CLOSED during JUNE, JULY and AUGUST. Closed Tuesdays and Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Eve and Day.

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