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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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06 Jun 2019
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06 Jun 2019
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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.

latest events & activities

By: Outing with Prof Kathy Kuman and Dr Matt Caruana
Date: Sun, 23/06/2019 - 09:30
Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019 Time: Meet at 09:30 Sharp

Meet at: the parking lot to Sterkfontein caves, Cradle of Humankind (directions will be supplied)
Charge: Members R50, Non-members R80
By: Dr Gavin Whitelaw
Date: Thu, 18/07/2019 - 19:30
Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019 Time: 19:30
Venue: The auditorium, Roedean School, 35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg
Charge: Non-members: R30, members: free
By: Outing with Prof Karim Sadr
Date: Sun, 21/07/2019 - 08:30
Date: Sunday, 21 July 2019 Time: Meet at 08:30 for 09:00 Sharp
Meet at: The Planetarium parking area, Wits University, Yale Road (off Empire Road), Milner Park, Johannesburg