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Terraced fields near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga
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Patrick Carter and Patricia Vinnicombe sorting finds at Sehonghong in Lesotho in 1972

what we do

The South African Archaeological Society, also known as ArchSoc, is a registered non-profit organisation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology. The Society promotes archaeological research in southern Africa and makes the results available to its members and the public through lectures, outings, tours and publications.


The South African Archaeological Society was founded in Cape Town as the Cape Archaeological Society in August 1944 by Professor John Goodwin. The aim of the South African Archaeological Society, as set out in our constitution, is to bridge the gap between professional archaeologists and people from all walks of life who enjoy the subject.
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The South African Archaeological Bulletin (SAAB) was established in 1945. It is an internationally renowned journal (ISI & IBSS listed) that publishes on all aspects of African archaeology. It has amongst the highest citation index rating of all world archaeological journals.

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Please read more to see a list of free archaeological resources currently available from the South African Archaeological Society

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Please read more to see a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Society

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20 May 2016
Why did humans leave Africa in the first place? Their migration could have been sparked by competition, climate change or simply a great hallmark of human nature, curiosity. Over the past 2 million years humans have proven to be a remarkably successful species.
06 May 2016
During a routine check on 2 January 2016, Professor Chris Henshilwood and Dr Karen Van Niekerk discovered that a vandal or vandals had broken through the protective panels at the entrance to Blombos Cave and had then climbed into the cave through the opening.
06 May 2016
By: Janette Deacon, 04 January 2016


latest events & activities

By: Jake Harding
Date: Tue, 12/07/2016 - 18:00
Western Cape
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to assist in fieldwork with the US National Park Service's Submerged Research Center (SRC) and Southeast Archaeological Center (SEAC). This was as part of the knowledge and skills sharing partnership that is at the core of the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP).
By: Excursion led by Dr Morris Sutton
Date: Sun, 17/07/2016 - 09:45
Swartkrans is an extremely important paleoanthropological site which was first brought to prominence by the work of Robert Broom and John Robinson, who discovered fossils of Paranthropus robustus and early Homo. These discoveries established the first evidence for the co-existence of two hominin species.
By: Rebecca Ackermann
Date: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 18:00
Western Cape
Prof Ackermann's research focuses on understanding the underlying evolutionary processes driving morphological diversification in human evolution; in other words, how we have come to look the way we do.