Arizona Archaeological Council

2012 AAC Fall Conference 


1st Biennial Verde Valley Archaeological Symposium

Patterns, Problems, and Possibilities: Is the Southern Sinagua still a valid cultural construct? 

Organized by Dr. Todd Bostwick (Verde Valley Archaeology Center)
and M. Scott Thompson (2012 AAC President)

October 19-20, 2012
Cliff Castle Casino
Verde Valley, AZ

The 2012 AAC Fall Conference, to be held in conjunction with the 1st Biennial Verde Valley Archaeological Symposium, is entitled “Patterns, Problems, and Possibilities: Is the Southern Sinagua still a valid cultural construct”. The conference will reflect the AAC's partnership with an exciting new organization called the Verde Valley Archaeological Center. The theme emphasizes archaeological research in central Arizona, with an emphasis on the Sinagua. According to the announcement (see below), research themes can include but are not limited to cultural origins and migrations, social and political networks, architectural styles and changes through time, raw material procurement and distribution, ceramic production and trade, agricultural strategies and systems, ceremony and ritual, rock art styles and cultural associations, environmental change through time, social-cultural conflicts, history of archaeological research, historic preservation efforts, and other themes.

Conference Announcement

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our conference sponsors and vendors!


Conference Registration

Register for the 2012 AAC Fall Conference and the 1st Biennial Verde Valley Symposium here:

For AAC members, conference registration is free. The registration fee is included in the price of your 2012 AAC membership.

For members of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and the Arizona Archaeological Society, registration is $25.00. 

For non-members, pre-registration by September 18 is $30.00. Regular registration is $40.00. For students with valid ID, registration is $25.00.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 pm - 8 pm: Opening Reception/Registration (in the Sedona Ballroom). All registered attendees are invited to the reception, with a no-host cash bar and complimentary Hors d'oeuvres.

Keynote speaker Peter J. Pilles, Jr., Coconino National Forest Archaeologist
Address titled, "The History of Verde Valley Research and Important Research Questions"

Friday, October 19, 2012

7:30 am - 10 am: Registration (in Cliff Castle Casino Hotel lobby)

8 am - 12 noon: Paper presentations (in the Tri-Cities Conference room)

12 noon - 1:30 pm: Lunch break

1:30 - 4:30 pm: Paper presentations (in the Tri-Cities Conference room)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

8 am - 12 noon: Paper presentations (in the Tri-Cities Conference room) 

1:30 pm: Archaeological guided tours

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is offering several free guided archaeological hikes. You can choose from a list for Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Reservations for the hikes will be available on the Symposium Registration form.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Archaeological guided tours 

Conference Abstracts

Conference Program

Conference Lodging and Travel

Conference Hotel, The Cliff Castle Casino

The conference hotel is the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, owned by the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The Conference rate for single or double rooms is $69.95 for Thursday October 18 and $79.95 for Friday October 19, plus tax. Every registered guest will receive a "Fun Book" voucher (a $100 value). Reservations must be made by October 15, 2012 directly with the hotel at (800) 524-6343 or (928) 567-6611 using the Group Code VVAS10

Access the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel website in order to view details about the hotel.

If all the blocked rooms are reserved, the following area accommodations (in no particular order) may have availability:

  • Comfort Inn, 340 North Goswick Way, I-17 Exit 287, Camp Verde (928) 567-9000
  • Super 8, 1550 W State Route 260, I-17 Exit 287, Camp Verde, (928) 567-2622
  • Days Inn, 1640 West Highway 260, I-17 Exit 287, Camp Verde, (928) 567-3700
  • Territorial Town Inn, 628 South Main Street, Camp Verde, (928) 567-0275
  • Luna Vista B&B, 1062 East Reay Road, Rimrock, (928) 567-4788
  • Other lodging options in Cottonwood and Sedona (approx 15 miles from the conference hotel)
Conference Parking

Ample parking is available at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Conference Center.


Conference Questions/Additional Information

Contact Todd Bostwick ( or Stewart Deats ( with questions about the conference or any of the conference events. 

For more information about the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, please visit the 

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