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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.

ABOUT US

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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SAAB

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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RESOURCES

Please read more to see a list of free archaeological resources currently available from the South African Archaeological Society

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FAQ

Please read more to see a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Society


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LATEST NEWS

02 Feb 2024
Dear members, we have been asked to circulate a su
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.

latest events & activities

By: Dr David Witelson
Date: Thu, 07/03/2024 - 19:30 to 20:30
Northern
HOW PERFORMANCE THEORY HELPS US UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT ROCK ART 
By: Dr David Witelson

Date:          Thursday, 07 March 2024 Time:  19:30
Venue:       The Auditorium, Roedean School, 
By: Ms Sharlene Bergman, Research Specialist at the SA Mint
Date: Mon, 11/03/2024 - 10:00
Northern
Outing to the SA Mint Museum
Tour Guide: Ms Sharlene Bergman, Research Specialist at the SA Mint

Date: Monday, 11 March 2024
Time: 10:00 for 10:30 
Meet at: Meet at the foyer of the SA Mint Museum. Maximum 30 participants.
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