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 928-451-4790 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

2019 Office Office Holder Contact Information
President  Linda Krumrie  928-451-4790
Vice President  Linda Krumrie 928-451-4790
Treasurer Jerry Erhardt 928-282-1557
Secretary Terri Petrescu 858-531-0060
Three Year Director  Jon Petrescu 619-206-7226
Two Year Director Tom Cloonan 206-849-8476
One Year Director Karen Stupak
Publicity Chair Tom Cloonan 206-849-8476
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 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.

 Event/Location  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
Educational Event at Sedona Public Library

Saturday, Oct.19  1:30 - 2:30

Matt Guebard

of the National Park Service At Tuzigoot National Monument

Introduction to Archaeology focusing on pre-historic Sinaguan dwelling sites in the Verde Valley.

A family oriented presentation for 8 year olds and up.

State Arizona Archaeological Society Meeting in Sedona


Oct. 25 - 27, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carla R. Van West 

Link to AAS page for info, registration form, meeting schedule, and list of hotels/motels/RV/camping

General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu)
Nov. 21, 2019
7:00 PM
Bryan Bates  The Astronomy of Ancestral Puebloans

Click for more info

Past Events

 Event  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu) Sep. 26, 2019
7:00 PM
Ron Parker Discussing new book Chasing Centuries being published in February telling the story of the coevolution of human/agaves across the southwest.
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu)
May 23, 2019
7:00 PM
Ka'imiloa Chrisman, M.D Hawaii's Unique "Pottery" from Birth to Death in Older Times - Gourds and Decorated Gourds
Joint meeting with Verde Valley Archaeology Center at the Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, VOC.
Thursday, (4th Thu)
April 25, 2019
6:00 PM
Phyllis Hogan  People & Plants from the Land of Colorful Corn
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library
Thursday, (4th Thu)
March 28, 2019
7:00 PM
Laura Tohe
Road Scholar Arizona Humanities Speaks Speaker
Rising from Invisibility: Indigenous Arizona Women
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu)
February 28, 2019
7:00 PM

Akua Duku Anokye

Road Scholar Arizona Humanities Speaks Speaker

African American Pioneers of Arizona
Field Trip February 14, 2019

February 15, 2019

February 16, 2019

Arizona State Museum, Tucson

Amerind Museum, Benson AZ

Ventana Cave, Tohono O'odham 

General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu)
Jan. 24, 2019
"Butch" Farabee El Camino del Diablo, The Devil's Road

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 Historical Society

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