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: 928-451-4790 for information. 

Please mail your membership application to: Linda Krumrie, P.O. Box 25, Sedona, AZ 86339

Make checks payable to VVCAAS.

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

2020 Office Office Holder Contact Information
President  Linda Krumrie  928-451-4790
Vice President  Linda Krumrie 928-451-4790
Treasurer Beverly Haas


Secretary Peggy Barksdale 317-652-3796
Three Year Director  Jerry Erhardt 928-282-1557
Two Year Director Peggy Barksdale 317-652-3796
One Year Director Jon Petrescu


Outings Coordinator Linda Krumrie 928-451-4790
Chapter Web Page Update Jon Petrescu  619-206-7226
Advisor Dr. Dave Wilcox 928-774-5213
Advisor Peter Pilles, Jr. 928-282-3210
Advisor Dr. Sandra Lynch 928-777-0115

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 3:30 p.m.  Meetings are for chapter members only and you must register to attend.  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. See above for membership information and link to application..

 Event/Location  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
Field Trip Saturday, April 10

Perry Mesa

(Aqua Fria National Monument) 

Field trip limited to 20 persons. Priority to VVC members.

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Chapter Meeting

Members Only

Thur. April 22

3:30 p.m.

Steph Helms 

Southwest Ball Courts presentation

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Limited to 25 people.

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Field Trip

Members Only

Saturday, April 24


Spence Gustav 

Field Trip limited to 6 persons.

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Field Trip

Members Only

Saturday, May 8

Scott Newth

(Loy Canyon Rock Art Site)

Field Trip limited to 6 persons.

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Chapter Meeting

Members Only

Thursday, May 20TBD  

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 23TBD  

Chapter Picnic

Dead Horse State Park

 Saturday, Oct. 16 Details to follow

Field Trip

Bluff, Utah

Tuesday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 23 Details to follow

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 28TBD 

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 18TBD 

Chapter Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 16TBD  

Past Events

 Event  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
Field Trip Saturday, March 27

Matt Guebard

National Park Service Archaeologist

Montezuma's Castle and Montezuma's Well
Mary Fisher Theatre Presentation for Archaeology Month

Sunday, March 21

Thursday, March 25

Movie: "Blood Memory" Documentary
Field Trip Monday, March 22

Ken Zoll

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Archaeological Conservancy Site & Oak Creek Site
Field Trip Saturday, March 20   Loy Canyon Rock Art site.
Chapter Meeting

Thur. March 18

Dr. David Wilcox

Video Presentation

Pioneering Women of Archaeology

The Hilltop Survey: West-Central Arizona

Mary Fisher Theatre Presentation for Archaeology Month Sunday, March 7 & Thursday, March 11 Larry Lindahl Lecture "Exploring Ancient Southwest"
Chapter Meeting Thursday, Feb. 25
Video Presentation   
Zoom Presentation Wednesday, Feb. 10
Allen Dart 

"The Salado Phenomenon in the Southwest."

Chapter Meeting Thursday, Jan 8 Video: Todd Bostwick "Cliff Dwellers of the Verde Valley"
Zoom Presentation

Monday, January 18

John D. Speth 

“The Beginnings of the Plains-Pueblo Interaction—The View from Southeastern New Mexico"

Nearby Cultural Sites

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

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 Historical Society

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