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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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22 Nov 2018
A recent research study has shown that occupation of caves by early hominins in South Africa is restricted to dry phases.
26 Sep 2018
In our recent paper in Nature we describe the earliest known instance of an abstract drawing. Here we give a bit of background to what the study entailed. Written by Karen L. van Niekerk and Francesco d'Errico... click the link below to read the full article:
13 Sep 2018
A new discovery adds to our existing understanding of Homo sapiens in Africa. Read the full article here:

latest events & activities

By: Gavin Whitelaw
Date: Tue, 14/05/2019 - 18:30
Western Cape
Ntshekane is an Early Iron Age site in central KwaZulu-Natal, first excavated by Tim Maggs in 1973. It was heavily eroded then and still is today, with many new features exposed. We returned to the site in 2009 and since then have mapped all exposed features and excavated some of them.
Date: Thu, 16/05/2019 - 19:00
Date: Thursday, 16 May 2019 AGM starts at 19:00
Venue: The auditorium, Roedean School,
35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
Charge: Non-members: R30, members: free

By: Outing led by SJ de Klerk and Sarah Welham
Date: Sun, 19/05/2019 - 08:30
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019 Time: 8:30
Venue: Braamfontein Cemetery (Safe parking is available inside the Cemetery, off Graf Street, adjacent to the
on-ramp onto the M1 from Smit Street.)
Charge: Members R80, Non members R120