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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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10 Oct 2019
Prehistoric humans stored bone marrow in their caves like tins of soup for up to nine weeks before eating it, a new study has found.
03 Oct 2019
In the 14th century, the Black Death wiped out as much as 60% of the population of Europe, spreading rapidly from the shores of the Black Sea to central Europe. Now, by analyzing 34 ancient genomes of Y.
25 Sep 2019

THE GAUTENG High Court has ruled in favour of an application by the McGregor Museum, together with Sol Plaatje University and the University of the Witwatersrand, for a review of the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources to grant a mining permit for Canteen Kopje.The court also overturn

latest events & activities

By: Lecture by Dr Saarah Jappie
Date: Thu, 17/10/2019 - 19:30
By: Outing with Mr Emilio Coccia
Date: Sun, 20/10/2019 - 10:30
By: Lecture by Dr Renier van der Merwe
Date: Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:30