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Verde Valley Archaeology Center

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460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
928-593-0364 http://www.verdevalleyarchaeology.org/

March 2015

The Eagle and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Southwest Aerial Survey

March 28, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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Charles Lindbergh is best known for his famous 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But few realize that Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, played a brief but important role in archaeology. In 1929 they teamed up with noted archaeologist Alfred Kidder to conduct an unprecedented aerial photographic survey of Southwest prehistoric sites and geologic features including Chaco Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly. Featuring Lindbergh’s historic photographs, this presentation describes this adventurous pioneering collaboration of aviation and archaeology.…

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Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art

March 29, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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Ancient Indian petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) and pictographs (rock paintings) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. But are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans?  Dart illustrates how petroglyph and pictograph styles changed through time and over different regions of the American Southwest prehistorically and historically, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.…

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March 2016

Epics of the American Southwest: Hopi, Dine and Hispanic Narratives of Heros and Heroines in Mythic Literature

March 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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Too often the claim is heard that there is very little ancient history or literature in the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether it is the Hopi epics of the wanderings of Long Sash and the exploits of the Koshare twins; the Navajo legends that connect the cultures of the Southwest with the great late-Medieval stories of Toltec-Aztec Mexcio; or the adventures of Spanish men and women who deserted Francisco de Coronado's expedition in protest over…

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A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona

March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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The men who explored Arizona are legends in the history of the region and of anthropology, but what about the women who accompanied them or explored by themselves?  Did you know that Matilda Coxe Stevenson was a member of the first official government survey of Canyon de Chelly or that Emma Mindeleff surveyed ruins in the Verde Valley while Theresa Russell helped her husband locate Hohokam sites? Probably not, for none are listed in "official" histories. Learn about the hidden…

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April 2022

Southwest Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces with Allen Dart

April 13 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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Native Americans in the U.S. Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons, centuries before non-Indian peoples entered the region. In this presentation archaeologist Allen Dart discusses the petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, the architecture of the “Great House” at Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins, and other archaeological evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning, and interprets how these discoveries may have related to ancient Native American rituals. This program is cohosted by Verde Valley Archaeology Center. This is…

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October 2022

Dia de los Muertos Storytelling with Zarco Guerrero

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 460 W Finnie Flat Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 United States
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Dia de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Join Zarco and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hilarious and moving story telling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry spouting “El Vato Poeta,”…

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