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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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04 Jan 2022
We were sad to hear about the passing of Richard Leakey - the following links provide obituaries commemorating his life:
13 Oct 2021
Peter Slingsby and Don Pinnock recently posted an article to the Daily Maverick about the Englishman's Grave site on the Pakhuis Pass with some very interesting findings. Read the full article by clicking on the following link:
30 Jun 2021
The South African Archaeological Society is now on Youtube.

Are you missing the monthly Archaeological Society lectures due to Covid-19 restrictions?

latest events & activities

By: Tim Forssman
Date: Tue, 08/03/2022 - 18:30 to 19:30
Western Cape
YouTube Live Link: