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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.
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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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30 Apr 2021
Archaeologists have taken a crucial step towards solving one of human evolution’s greatest mysteries.
31 Mar 2021
Rock art rocks: Experts are still trying to fathom ancient engravings found near the Vredefort crater

23 Feb 2021
A 48-year-old man was expected to appear in the Port Shepstone magistrate's court on Monday morning for allegedly attempting to sell San rock art.

latest events & activities

By: Dr Tammy Hodgskiss Reynard
Date: Tue, 11/05/2021 - 18:30 to 19:30
Western Cape
Title: The past in colour: Ochre, innovation and early modern humans.
Date: Tuesday 11 May, 2021 from 18:30 - 19:30
Speaker: Dr Tammy Hodgskiss (Origins Centre, Wits University)