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

2017 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  Tom Cloonan
Two Year Director Nancy Bihler 928-203-5822
One Year Director Bill Sexton
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


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
Pecos Conference August 9 - 12, 2018 Annual conference of archaeologists  Held in Flagstaff this year. Check their website for registration information.
Click for additional info
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu)
Sep. 27, 2018

7:00 PM
Clifford Mahooty Zuni Oral Traditions & Culture
Clifford Mahooty bio
 Field Trip
Members Only
Wednesday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 4
 Dinosaur Exploration Center with Doug Wolfe
Optional: Casa Malpais tour
Click for more info
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (4th Thu) Oct. 25, 2018
7:00 PM
Dr. Sandra Lynch
Curator of Anthropology for
Sharlot Hall Museum,
Prescott, AZ
BEASTS: a biology based lecture about a 'Mammalian Jurassic Park'
 Field Trip
Members Only
 Wednesday, Nov. 7Petrified Forest National Park Click for more info
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (3rd Thu)
Nov. 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Dr. Edwin Barnhart
DVD Presentation
book sale and silent auction
Amazon Civilization Lost in the Jungle and the War - Foundations of the Inca Empire.
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General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Thursday, (2nd Thu) Dec. 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Dr. Nancy Parezo  A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona.
Click for more info

Past Events

 Event  Date
Speaker/Instructor Topic/Event/Activity
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library May 24, 2018Dr. David WilcoxMacrocosm and Microcosm in Southwestern Archaeology:  An Historical Perspective.
Field Trip
Members Only
May 12, 2018 Jerry Ehrhardt Sycamore Canyon and Mud Tanks Mesa
Field Trip
Members Only
May 10, 2018 Skip Larson Skip will lead an Ethnobtany Discovery Walk at Montezuma's Well.
Field Trip
Members Only
May 1 & 2, 2018
1.Petrified Forest National Park
2.Rock Art Ranch
Leader: William Reitze, Archaeologist for the Petrified Forest National Park.
Leader: Brantley Baird, owner and proprietor Rock Art Ranch
This feild trip will be rescheduled in the Fall
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library April 26, 2018
Joey LaValley Reconstructing the Chevelon Canyon CCC Camp: Examination of its Archaeological Remains within a Historic Context
Field Trip
Members Only
April 25, 2018
Sharlot Hall Museum tour
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library Mar. 22, 2018
Colin Pearson Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix:
Ancient Musical Treasurers From Central China.
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library
Feb. 22, 2018
Doug Wolfe Legend of Zuni Plateau.
Doug is a paleontologist at Springerville and will talk about his discoveries in the Zuni Basin.
General Meeting at Sedona Public Library
Jan. 25, 2018
William Reitze Archaeological finds on recently acquired Park land.
William is Archaeologist for the Petrified Forest National Park.

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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