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 phone: 928-282-1557 or 928-567-7116 for information. 

Please mail your membership application to: 30 Mission Cr., Sedona, AZ 86335-4630.


HOW TO JOIN: (Memberships run annually on the calendar year)

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

New or Renewal Membership Application:  Click Here


Chapter Officers

Office Office Holder Contact Information
President  Terrilyn Green  928-567-7116 
Vice President  Terrilyn Green 928-567-7116
Treasurer Jerry Ehrhardt 928-282-1557
Secretary Joan Sexton 928-284-1580
Three Year Director  Nancy Bihler
Two Year Director Bill Sexton 928-284-1580
One Year Director Paul Cooley
Publicity Chair Nancy Bihler 928-203-5822
Outings Coordinator Linda Krumrie 928-451-4790 
Chapter Web Page Update Jon & Terri Petrescu  619-206-7226
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.  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 required to sign an AAS Liability Release Form. 

Memberships run on the calendar year.

PaleoIndian and Archaic Projectile Points and Rock Art of the Coconino National Forest
 Event/Location  Date Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (3rd Thu)
Oct. 20, 2016
7:00 PM
Dennis Gilpin Talk entitled   “Victor and Cosmos: The Mindeleff Brothers and the Study of Southwestern Architecture.”  Click for more info.
Board Meeting at Sedona Public LibraryThursday, (2nd Thu)
November 10, 2016
1:00 PM
Members and public welcome to attend Board meeting of the Verde Valley Chapter of Arizona Archaeological Society
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (3rd Thu)
Nov. 17, 2016
7:00 PM
Ron Krug & Peter Pilles  Talk entitled "PaleoIndian and Archaic Projectile Points and Rock Art of the Coconino National Forest."
Click for more info.
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library
Thursday, (3rd Thu)
Dec. 15, 2016
7:00 PM
Jerry Erhardt
Agriculture in the Verde Valley -- additional info forthcoming

Nearby Cultural Sites

Wupatki National Monument

Montezuma's Castle National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument


Museum of Northern Arizona

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Ridoran Mansion State Historical Park

Hopi Cultural Preservation Office

Arizona State Hisrorical Society

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