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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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13 Sep 2018
A new discovery adds to our existing understanding of Homo sapiens in Africa. Read the full article here:
03 Sep 2018
Dear Members,
Herewith the September newsletter of 2018 from the Northern Branch of the SA Archaeological Society.. please click the link below to open it.
15 Aug 2018
A new paper challenges the traditional idea that our species evolved from a single population in one region of Africa.
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latest events & activities

By: Bouwer Wiersma
Date: Sat, 29/09/2018 - 07:30
Date: Saturday, 29 September, 2018
Time: 7:30 to depart at 7:45 Sharp! 
Meet at: The Planetarium parking area, Wits University
Note: This is a coach tour and participants may not join in private cars.
By: Annalie Kleinoog
Date: Thu, 04/10/2018 - 19:30
Date:          Thursday, 4 October 2018 Time:  19:30
Venue:        The Auditorium, Roedean School, 
                   35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg
Charge:      Non-members:  R30, members: free          
By: Robert Nyamushosho
Date: Tue, 09/10/2018 - 18:30
Western Cape
The general conviction in the Iron Age archaeology of southern Africa is that drylands are marginal landscapes that did not host any significant agro-pastoral communities in the past.