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 ball caps are available (while supplies last) for $15.  Contact Scott Newth to purchase.

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 required to sign an AAS Liability Release Form. 

Memberships run on the calendar year.

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

Annual Holiday Meeting/Party

Please NOTE earlier meeting time!


December 18, 2014

6:30pm !!!!


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"

 Field Trip


January 17, 2015


Meet at Camp Verde McDonalds (Hwy 260 & I-17) to carpool to site

 Field Trip to Dorens Castle (50+ room lower Verde Valley site) with Dr. Dave Wilcox and Don Keller, of MNA.  

Tour of Dorens Castle site with two professional archaeologists preceding Jan 22 meeting presentation.  Includes hike of about 2+ miles over  uneven terrain (no trail) and steep 200 ft ascent up rocky hill to site. 

Limited to 20 members (MUST BE ACTIVE MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE)  Bring hiking sticks, water, hiking boots & lunch

Contact Scott Newth at to sign up or for questions





January 22, 2015


 Don Keller, RPA, Dr. David Wilcox and Jerry Ehrhardt will be discussing the recent mapping project of Dorens Castle and its surrounding sites in Hackberry Basin.

"The Hackberry Basin Survey, Doren's Castle and Beyond".

Mapping of Dorens Castle and its significance in Hackberry Basin. 



Field Trip



February 10,



 Dinosaur tracks with Paul Lindberg

Tour with Paul to a site in Cornville where multiple, large dinosaur tracks are evident


Meet at intersection of Cornville Rd and Beaver Flats Rd.


Limited to 12 members (MUST BE ACTIVE MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE)  Bring hiking sticks, water, hiking boots & lunch.  Hike is on uneven terrain approx. 1.5 miles RT.  We should be done by 1-2pm

Contact Scott Newth at to sign up or for questions





February 26, 2015


J Scott Wood, Forest Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager, Tonto National Forest  Goat Camp Creek Ruin Excavation Findings and Prehistory in the Payson Area





March 26, 2015


 Chris Coder, Archaeologist, Yavapai-Apache Nation  TBD


Annual Memorial Speaker at the Sedona Creative Life Center



April 23, 2015


 Annual Memorial Speaker- TBD  TBD

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