Arizona Archaeological Society




The Verde Valley of north central Arizona has provided shelter and sustenance to human cultures through thousands of years.  The Paleoindians are believed to have used the Verde Valley at times during the period of 11,500 BC to 9,000 BC as evidenced by a small number of Clovis style projectile points and scratch style petroglyphs.  The Archaic culture subsisted in the Verde Valley from 9,000 BC until AD 600, again as evidenced by projectile points and petroglyphs and pictographs.  From AD 600 until AD 1400 the artifactual evidence indicates the development of a culture the archaeologists have named Southern Sinagua.  Following the Sinagua into the Verde Valley were the Yavapai and Tonto Apache.

Members of the Archaeological Society enjoy unique visits to archaeological sites in the Verde Valley and beyond. Monthly meetings feature a speaker on topics of local, state or national archaeological interest.

Professional archaeologists serve as advisors and offer laboratory and field classes to advance the knowledge and skills of avocational archaeologists. The Verde Valley Chapter is backed by excellent resources and has been actively involved in Verde Valley archaeology since 1973.  We work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the National Park Service, the Museum of Northern Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Members of the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, enjoy many benefits.

  • Receive the Petroglyph newsletter of the Arizona Archaeological Society.
  • Attend monthly local chapter meetings and quarterly State meetings.  All meetings include speakers in the field of archaeology.
  • Participate in day or overnight chapter guided field trips to archaeological sites in Arizona or surrounding states. These are fee-based.
  • Participate in professionally supervised field surveys and excavations conducted at the direction of the archaeologists of the Museum of Northern Arizona or the Coconino National Forest.  (Some of these require special training.)
  • Volunteer for archaeological projects at the Research Center of the Museum of Northern Arizona or for the Forest Archaeologist of the Coconino National Forest.
  • Participate in Arizona Archaeological Society certification courses in pre-history of the Southwest, rock art recording, excavation techniques, field survey procedures and mapping, site restoration and stabilization, ceramic identification and others.  These are fee-based.
  • Participate in programs to educate the public and children on the etiquette of prehistoric site visitation and the need for preservation of these sites.
  • Become trained as a docent for the V-Bar-V, Palatki and Honanki heritage sites in the Coconino National Forest.

Whether you are a novice or professional, the Verde Valley Chapter welcomes everyone with an interest in archaeology and anthropology.

Chapter mailing address: AAS-VVC, P.O. Box 2451, Sedona, AZ 86339
Chapter phone:928-282-4615

Membership Fees: $35 Single: $40 Family (Two or more residing in same household)

Membership Application Mailing Address: Ron Krug, Treasurer P. O. Box 20969  Sedona, Arizona 86341-0969

Make checks payable to VVCAAS

Chapter Officers

Office Office Holder Contact Information


Chuck Jenkins


Vice President Scott Newth


Treasurer Dr. Ron Krug 928-284-9357
Secretary Scott Newth 928-274-7773 
Three Year Director Jerry Walters 928 284-1339
Two Year Director Henry Zimmerman 928-282-3510
One Year Director Jack Edwards 928 282-3662
Certification Rep Jerry Ehrhardt 928 282-1557
Advisor Dr. Dave Wilcox 928 774-5213
Advisor Peter Pilles, Jr. 928 282-3210
Advisor             Travis Bone



Chapter Meetings, Field Trips & Other Events

The Chapter Monthly Meetings are in the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, unless otherwise noted, on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, UNLESS stated otherwise below.  No meetings are held in June, July or August.

Please Note:  ONLY Members of AAS can participant in Workshops and Field Trips.   Field Trip participants will be requied to sign an AAS Liability Release Form. 

Memberships run on the calendar year.

Event/Location  Date Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity

Field Trip

Camp Verde McDonalds (I-17 & Hwy 260)

Saturday & Sunday (optional)

April 12th & 13th, 2014

8:30am-4pm Sat.

8:00am-4pm Sun

Dr. Dave Wilcox, Chapter Advisor and co-author of "The Archaeology of Perry Mesa and Its World".  

Dave will be leading a one-day and two-day (optional) field trip to several remote habitation and petroglyph sites on Perry Mesa (i.e. Agua Fria Nat'l Monument). The two-day participants will be camping overnight.

The field trip is mostly driving to the sites with minimal hiking involved, however, the hiking will be off-trail on uneven rough terrain. Hiking poles are recommended and lug-soled boots required.

See "Events" web page for more trip details.

The field trip is $10 to all AAS Members, with first priority to VVC members.

Please e-mail Scott Newth to sign-up. Space is limited.


Annual Memorial Speaker

Sedona Public Library



May 1, 2014



Charles Adams, PhD., Archaeologist

"Five Thousand Years of Migration:  Perspectives from the Southern Colorado Plateau".

(Dr. Adams will be summarizing almost 30 years of his fieldwork in the Winslow, AZ area)

 Field Trip


May 17, 2014


Hopi Mesas Tour with Micah Loma'omvaya, Anthropologist  

Our Chapter friend, Micah Loma'omvaya, will be providing members with a custom tour of First Mesa, Second Mesa villages, Third Mesa villages, Hopi Museum or Hopi Artist demonstration, and tour of Taawa Petroglyphs.

A traditional Hopi lunch will be served.

The cost is $45 per person.  Space is limited to 20 people with first priority to Verde Valley Chapter members.

We will depart (participants are responsible for their own transportation) the Sedona area at 7am and we should return around 7pm.

 Please contact Scott Newth to sign up (

Monthly Meeting





May 22, 2014





Matt Guebard, M.A., Chief of Resource Management and Archaeologist for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments


"Recent archaeological research at Montezuma Castle National Monument"

(Since 2009 a number of studies incorporating archaeomagnetic dating, dendrochronology, carbon dating, architectural analysis, and collaboration with Native Americans have uncovered interesting details about the construction, occupation and sudden abandonment of the Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling)


June, July, August


Enjoy your summer!

See you in September

Monthly Meeting




September 25, 2014




Travis Bone, M.A., Archaeologist, Red Rock District Coconino National Forest




Monthly Meeting



October 23, 2014



Sophie Kelly, PhD., RPA (Registered Professional Archaeologist)

Cultural Resources Manager, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Site Stewardship Coordinator


"Men and women in the Hohokam Economy".

 (Dr. Kelly will present on changes in the roles of men and women in the Hohokam economy during the transition between in the Pre-Classic and Classic Period, circa 1100 AD).      


Field Trip to Tucson area pre-historic sites with Archaeology Southwest

In Tucson (meeting place to be determined)

Saturday & Sunday

November 8th & 9th, 2014


 Bill Doelle, PhD., Archaeologist, President and CEO of Archaeology Southwest. 

Janine Hernbrode, Volunteer Docent with Archaeology Southwest 


Dr. Bill Doelle and Janine Hernbrode, of Archaeology Southwest will be leading us on a two day tour to some of the most interesting pre-historic sites in the Tucson area. 

On first day, Bill will be leading us to various habitation and rock art sites in the San Pedro Valley and on the second day, Janine will be leading a 5-6 mile moderate to easy hike to the Sutherland Wash Petroglyphs.

See "Events" web page for more trip details.   

The field trip fee is $25 to all AAS Members, to in part cover a Chapter donation to Archaeology Southwest.  The fee is due upon signing up and is non-refundable.

Please e-mail Scott Newth to sign-up. Space is limited to 15.


Monthly Meeting


November 20, 2014



Kimberly Spurr, M.A., R.P.A. (Registered Professional Archaeologist), Museum of Northern Arizona, Supervisory Archaeologist


"Building Canyon de Chelly Trails: Traditions and the Civilian Conservation Corp. Indian Division"

Annual Holiday Meeting/Party


December 18, 2014



TBD & Pot Luck Dinner



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