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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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24 Jan 2016
We apologise to members and subscribers, but the December 2015 issues of the South African Archaeological Bulletin and The Digging Stick have been unavoidably delayed by the printers and will not be ready for postage before 2 February 2016.
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


latest events & activities

By: Walking tour led by Jo Buitendach
Date: Sun, 21/02/2016 - 10:00
Join Jo on a relaxed tour through one of Johannesburg’s most impressive historic sites, the Constitution Hill Precinct.
By: Susan Newton-King
Date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 18:00
Western Cape
The presentation will explore the ambiguities surrounding the social and legal status of manumitted slaves in the Cape Colony in the early eighteenth century.
By: Dr Natalie Swanepoel
Date: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 20:00
One of the most striking features of the coastal landscape in Ghana is the string of European-built fortifications. This talk will contextualise these sites.