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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 Jul 2020
Applications for coal mining prospecting have recently been approved in the buffer zone around Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. This may have potential negative impacts on the site. To read the full article published by Oxpeckers follow this link:
09 Jul 2020
An extremely rare example of megalithic rock art was recently identified in northern Israel’s Yehudiya Nature Reserve inside a 4,200-year-old stone burial chamber.
02 Jul 2020
Most developing countries face acute tensions between socio-economic development and environmental protection.

latest events & activities

By: Romala Govender
Date: Tue, 11/08/2020 - 18:30
Western Cape
How the west has changed: Late Mio-Pliocene marine mammal fauna from South Africa’s west coast
Romala Govender, Curator Cenozoic Palaeontology, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa