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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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12 Jan 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.
05 Jan 2016
By: Janette Deacon, 04 January 2016

04 Jan 2016
September is Heritage Month, but the government’s decision to allow mining to go ahead bodes ill for cultural and natural heritage in the Mapungubwe Area.

latest events & activities

By: Prof. Innocent Pikirayi
Date: Tue, 10/05/2016 - 17:30
Western Cape
My address focuses on the Society's role in the present and the medium term future. My central message is for the society to celebrate what is right with southern African archaeology, and not what is wrong.
Date: Tue, 10/05/2016 - 18:00
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 18:00 at the SA Astronomical Observatory auditorium in Cape Town.
By: Associate Professor Simon Hall
Date: Thu, 19/05/2016 - 19:30
The landscape of the interior plateau (or Karoo) has meant different things to different people, both now and in the past. Two themes related to this historical layering will be discussed.