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 Ken Lee


One Year Director Jack Edwards 928 282-3662
Certification Rep Jerry Ehrhardt 928 282-1557
Advisor Dr. Dave Wilcox


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

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


"The Cohonina: Puebloan Occupation of the Kaibab National Forest".

Monthly Meeting

Village of Oak Creek Assoc. Community Room (690 Bell Rock Blvd) a.k.a. Oak Creek Golf Course Community Room




October 23, 2014



Allen Dart, M.A., Registered Professional Archaeologist

Executive Director & co-founder of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, and Principal Investigator for EcoPlan Associates, Inc.

Mr. Dart's presentation is sponsored by Arizona Humanities Council 


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

Allen illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives     


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

In Tucson (meeting place to be determined)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

November 7th, 8th & 9th, 2014


E. Charles (Chuck) Adams, Curator of Archaeology and Professor of Anthropology, Arizona State Museum, ASU.

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

Linda Pierce

Janine Hernbrode, Volunteer Docent with Archaeology Southwest 


Nov. 7th: 1:30-2:30pm. Tour of ASM Archaeology Lab with Dr. Adams.

Nov. 7th: 2:30-5:00pm Tour of Museum Archaeology Collections

Nov. 8th: 8:00am 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 cover a Chapter donation to Archaeology Southwest.  The fee is due upon signing up and is non-refundable.  Payment must be received by Ron Krug to be "confirmed" for this trip.  Please send your payment to Ron's attention at P.O. Box 20969, Sedona, AZ 86341

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



6:30pm - Pot Luck Dinner & then at 7:30pm - presentation by our Chapter Advisor, Dr. David Wilcox


"Changing Patterns of Resistance and Conflict in West-Central Arizona A.D. 1100-1425"

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