Prehistoric ancestors creating human hand stencils in caves 40,000 years ago can now be identified as male or female with more than 90% accuracy.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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11 Jan 2017
Human bones from a newborn, a child and four adults or teenagers who lived around 40,000 years ago show clear signs of cutting and of fractures to extract the marrow within, archaeologists say.
11 Jan 2017
A new technique, developed at ANSTO's Centre for Accelerator Science, has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art.
latest events & activities
By: Outing with recommended guide
Date: Sun, 26/02/2017 - 10:00
We will visit the new museum at Freedom Park called //hapo. Starting with the story of creation, //hapo unravels the complex tale of Africa over seven epochs namely 1. Earth 2. Ancestors 3. Peopling 4. Resistance & colonisation 5. Industrialisation & urbanisation 6. Nationalisms & struggle 7. National building & continent building.
By: Jim Hislop
Date: Tue, 14/03/2017 - 18:30
It is easy to forget that Observatory was originally a rural area, first used for grazing the Khoi's cattle, and then home to some of the first farms in the country. Once there were fields of wheat, barley and vegetables where today rows of Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses stand.
The story of an African farmscape: Soils, climate change and farming innovations in Bokoni, South Africa
By: Dr Alex Schoeman
Date: Thu, 16/03/2017 - 20:00
Extensive stonewalls, terraces and roads, which roughly covers 24 700 km² in northeastern South Africa, mark the location of the precolonial Bokoni polity that flourished between the 16th and 19th centuries CE. This paper reports on recent research on the conditions Bokoni farmers faced and managed, specifically, focusing on the creation of a terraced farming system and the associated selection and management of farmable soils in the context of climate fluctuations