V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, agave roast April 16-18

SEDONA - In celebration of Archaeology Month, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest and volunteer partners are hosting V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days and Agave Roast, Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 18, 2010.

Festivities are part of a statewide heritage awareness program where visitors can learn about cultures of the past and protecting these treasured archaeological sites.

The event will be held at the V Bar V Heritage Site located 2.8 miles east of I-17 on Forest Road 618, just past Beaver Creek.

"Mid April here in the Verde Valley is a good time to harvest agave for roasting, just before the stalk begins to grow", says Terrilyn Green, Cultural Site Manager.

She also encourages the public to come and enjoy the highlight of the weekend festivities with the Yavapai Apache Nation Bird Singers and Gourd dancers Saturday morning, April 17 followed by opening of the agave roasting pit around 11 a.m.

Other festival activities include sampling of traditional Native American food, observing traditional craftsmanship, learning about unique hunting techniques or just enjoying some historical story telling about the V Bar V Ranch and how early explorers survived living in the wilderness. Don't forget to visit the spectacular petroglyph panels while visiting V Bar V Heritage site.

For more information about this event, please call Terrilyn Green at (928) 592-0998 or visit www.coconinoforest.us or www.redrockcountry.org.

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