385 S. Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 | (928) 567-0066 | Hours: Tuesday through Saturday – 10 AM to 4 PM – Closed Sunday and Monday
In 2010, a group of avocational archaeologists and volunteers created the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, located in downtown Camp Verde, in an effort to protect what was left of the valley’s ancient people. Their museum on Main Street displays and interprets artifacts from both public and private collections, and in doing so has helped to stem the flow of artifacts leaving the valley. The center has an active research facility that assists archaeologists and government agencies throughout the area in identifying and cataloging artifacts. And they offer a number of programs throughout the year to help educate the public and instill an appreciation for the ancient cultures that have called the Verde Valley home.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is now home to the Dyck Collection, 40,000 artifacts excavated locally and gifted to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center by the Paul Dyck Foundation. In addition, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center has the largest and best preserved collection of textiles (weavings) in all of Northern Central Arizona. Entry is Free.
Heritage In Camp Verde
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness MonthMarch is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is hosting a series of free events at the Camp Verde Community Library for Arizona Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness month. Here are the events:
- March 5th: Apaches and their Horses
- March 7th: Film: Secrets of the Nolichucky River
- March 12th: A New View on the Ancient Sinagua: Analysis of the Dyck Cliff Dwelling Collection
- March 14th: Films: Impact of the Frolic and Chartres: Light Reborn
- March 19th: Studying and Interpreting Montezuma Castle’s Architecture
- March 21st: Films: Torn and A Walk Through Time
- March 26th: Dating the Construction and Use of the Montezuma Castle
- March 28th: Film: Stone Age Cinema and Q&A
National Monument Tours
There are several tour options to visit the National Monuments in the Verde Valley with the Verde Valley Archaeology Research Institute
Archaeological Conservancy Tours
Tours to two of the Archaeological sites in the Verde Valley and Sedona area with experienced guides rom Verde Valley Archaeology Research Institute.