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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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28 Oct 2023
The introduction of herding – a way of life which centres on keeping herds of mobile domesticated animals – significantly changed Africa’s genetic, economic, social and cultural landscapes during the last 10,000 years.
24 Oct 2023
Greetings Fellow AFC Members and Friends,

The final Term of 2023 is drawing to a close and exams are fast approaching. Before everyone
finishes up their final assignments and retreats for Consolidation, the AFC Executive would like

latest events & activities

By: Anaïs Empereur-Buisson, University of Bordeaux & Cosmo-Art Project
Date: Wed, 06/12/2023 - 13:00
Online: Link to talk

Trans-!Garib - hosted by Sol Plaatje University, inviting South African Archaeological Society members