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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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04 Mar 2023
Professor Lee Berger will explore some of the grea
04 Mar 2023
Report on the discovery of skeletal remains of a young individual from Borneo who had the distal third of their left lower leg surgically amputated, probably as a child, at least 31,000 years ago
04 Mar 2023
A section of the Sterkfontein Caves has been found to be more than a million years older than previously thought — a discovery that is likely to shake up our family tree.

latest events & activities

By: WC Branch Committee
Date: Tue, 11/04/2023 - 18:30
Western Cape
NOTICE is hereby given in terms of Para. 6.b.
By: KZN Branch
Date: Sun, 30/04/2023 - 10:30

Dear all

By: Reinoud Boers
Date: Tue, 05/09/2023 - 00:00 to Mon, 25/09/2023 - 00:00
Finalising the itinerary and arrangements for the South African Archaeological Society tour to Central Asia covering Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan took longer than anticipated but all aspects have been finalised. The tour programme is enclosed.