March is designated as Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

March is designated as Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

Verde Valley Archaeology Center is celebrating the whole month with a stellar line-up of engaging lectures, fun presentations and a winery benefit event.

A few of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center Hopi friends will be travelling down from the Mesas to present at the museum and share their history, art and culture this March.

Here are the upcoming events in chronological order.


Discover Hopi Third Mesa Style Basketry with Marilyn Fredericks and Leslie Robledo

Saturday, March the 11th at 11:00 a.m.

The lecture and demonstration will highlight the different types of weaving patterns, names and methods that have not changed since prehistoric times. These baskets are ceremonial and were not made for sale. Marilyn Fredericks, Bamboo Clan will share the family collection and will explain why and how the baskets played a role in the lives of her family over the years. Leslie is of the “Reed” Clan from Bacavi Village. Leslie has exhibited her baskets in the 2000 Fiber Art Festival, Santa Fe, Annual Heard Museum Market for 6 years, Museum of Northern Arizona, Hopi Show, Hopi Tuhisma and Eight Northern Pueblo Market. Located at Verde Valley Archaeology Center.


Ice Age Arizona: Plants, Animals & Peoples presented by Dick Ryan

Saturday, March the 18th at 11:00 a.m.

Dick (Richard) Ryan was a field Archaeologist in the American southwest for 10 years.  He received a Master’s in Archaeology from Northern Arizona University in 1983.   As an Archaeologist, he worked for Desert Research Institute, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and a number of Contract Archaeology companies.  He was a government Archaeologist with Prescott National Forest in 1987 and 1988. He has published in Quaternary Research, the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, the Nevada Archaeologist, and the Journal of the Southwest, among others.  His main area of interest:  Ice Age mammoth hunters of the Paleoindian Period. Located at Verde Valley Archaeology Center.


Chiles & Chocolate: Sweet and Spicy Foods in the American West presented by Chris Glenn and Sandy Sunseri

Saturday, March the 18th at 1:00 p.m. 

After the presentation there will be a complimentary chiles, salsas and chocolates tasting courtesy of VVAC!

Come have a taste of the rich and savory history of these food favorites, explore how early peoples used them, and how they have evolved and spread to all corners of the world.  Food is a portal into culture and can convey a range of cultural meaning including occasion, social status, ethnicity, and wealth, depending on the social context. Discover how chiles and chocolate became identity markers in gender roles and relationships, essential in rituals and religious customs, popular in aesthetic fashions and lifestyles, and how they changed through time and space. Located at Verde Valley Archaeology Center.


Discover Hopi Textiles with Master Weaver Ahkima Honyumptewa:

Saturday, March the 25th at 11:00 a.m.

Ahkima Honyumptewa will present his art of weaving and continuing a time-honored Hopi tradition. Ahkima will also speak about his process of replicating an Ancestral Hopi textile from VVAC’s Dyck Cliff Dwelling Collection. Ahkima’s replica weaving will be on view in the museum’s Textile Gallery. An assortment of Ahkima’s weavings, art and merchandise will be available for purchase after the presentation. Located at Verde Valley Archaeology Center.


Museum Benefit Event at Cove Mesa Vineyard Wine Tasting Room

Wednesday, March the 29th at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of fundraising with fabulous wine, cheese and charcuterie at Cove Mesa Vineyard Tasting Room in Cornville. A fun evening with a live band featuring the music of the Motown Revue. 

Tickets are required and available for online purchase:

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

(P) 928.567.0066

460 W. Finnie Flat Road

Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Posted March 2, 2023