A recent research study has shown that occupation of caves by early hominins in South Africa is restricted to dry phases.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Please read more to see a list of free archaeological resources currently available from the South African Archaeological SocietyRead More
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:
latest events & activities
THE SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN AND MODERN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR: Was the Southern Cape an Incubator of Early Human Development?
By: Jerome Reynard
Date: Thu, 07/03/2019 - 19:30
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019 Time: 19:30
Venue: The auditorium, Roedean School,
35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg
Charge: Non-members: R30, members: free
By: Thalassa Matthews
Date: Tue, 12/03/2019 - 18:30
Small mammals such as mice, shrews and rats are effective palaeoenvironmental indicators of past climates because they have small home ranges, do not migrate, and, in some cases, have specific habitat requirements.
HARTBEESPOORT HERITAGE BUS TOUR: Joint outing with Magaliesberg Association for Culture and Heritage (MACH)
Date: Sun, 17/03/2019 - 08:30
Date: Sunday, 17 March 2019
Time: 08:30 for coffee at Meerhof Lodge and to meet MACH members, presentation starts at 09:00 sharp!