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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 Jul 2018
Hominins reached Asia at least 2.1 million years ago, researchers assert in an 11 July Nature paper. Stone tools they found in central China represent the earliest known evidence of humans or their ancient relatives living outside Africa. Read the full article here:
21 May 2018
The recently-discovered species Homo naledi may have had a pint-sized brain, but that brain packed a big punch.
21 May 2018
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have used DNA evidence to prove that Neanderthals occupied the cave site of Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium. 

latest events & activities

By: Reinoud Boers
Date: Tue, 04/09/2018 - 00:00 to Mon, 24/09/2018 - 00:00
Tour of Tibet and the Far West of China

We still have four seats empty on the tour.

Tour of Tibet and the Far West of China - Letter