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 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.

The Verde Valley Chapter is now offering scholarships to college and university students pursuing degrees in Archaeology or Anthropology. The scholarship program is open to all Archaeology and Anthropology undergraduate and graduate students at nationally accredited colleges and universities who wish to advance their education, opportunity and experience in these fields of study. Please visit VVCAAS.ORG for more information.

Chapter phone: 928-451-4790 for information. 

Please mail your membership application to: VVCAAS, P.O. Box 1243, 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
2nd V.P. Jon Petrescu 619-206-7226
Treasurer Beverly Haas


Secretary Beverly Haas -
Three Year Director  Kay Threlkeld 307-534-5087
Two Year Director Jon Petrescu 619-206-7226
One Year Director Jerry Erhardt 928-282-1557
Outings Coordinator Linda Krumrie 928-451-4790
Chapter Web Page Update Jon Petrescu  619-206-7226
Advisor Peter Pilles, Jr.

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.  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
Daytrip: Must be AAS Member

Wed., Dec. 6

10am at the museum

Behind the scenes tour of the Easton Collection at The Museum of Norther Arizona
Meet at the museum at 10am. 10 person limit. $10 per person. Lunch on your own, then self-guided tour of Elden Pueblo.
Daytrip: Must be AAS Member

Sat., Dec. 19

9:00 at Palatki

Spence Gustav led visit to Palatki Heritage Site

Meet at Palatki Visitor Center at 9:00. Visit the dwelling, Grotto, Roasting Pit. Bring a lunch. A Red Rock or National Park parking pass is required.

After lunch, if the road is passable, for those who want, we can go to Honanki.

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., Dec. 14

Holiday Meeting and Potluck
Chapter providing some meats, coffee, soda, water. Followed by a video presentation.

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., Jan. 25


Past Events

 Event  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., Nov. 16

Richard Gonsalves

President Agave House Chapter AAS
Presentation: Emerging Stories in Petroglyphs
Daytrip Saturday, Oct 21
  Sacred Mountain

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., Oct. 19

Jennifer Stein

Film Maker/Educator


Gobekli Tepe: A Neolithic Archaeological Site in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., Sep. 28

Carrie Cannon

Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources


Plants of the Mojave Desert and the Traditional Tribal Uses

Chapter Spring Picnic
Sunday, April 23
  Dead Horse State Park

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., April 22

Peter Pilles

Coconino NF Archaeologist

Yavapai Rock Art

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

 Thurs., May 18

Dr. Karen Schollmeyer

Preservation Archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest



The Salado Phenomenon in the U.S. Southwest

Thur., March 30

Spur Cross Conservation Area


Cave Creek Museum


Sears-Kay Ruins, Tonto NF

Chapter Meeting

Sedona Public Library

Thurs., March 23

Emily Jonsson



Atomic Pasts: Preserving the Legacy of Nuclear Testing in the Southwest

Daytrip Saturday, Feb. 25

Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve & Heard Museum Tours
Chapter Meeting Thursday, Jan. 19

Joshua Ballze

Archaeology and Paleontology Illustrator


Indigenous Peoples work in Archaeology

Day Trip Saturday, Jan. 14

Andy Christenson

Curator: Museum of Indigenous People

Behind the scenes tour of the museum including new exhibit "Native Voices."

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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