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Anyone can join the South African Archaeological Society (ArchSoc). Membership of the Society offers many opportunities for sharing knowledge and increasing understanding of the history of the many peoples and their ancestors who lived in southern Africa over the past 3-million years.
Special subsidised rates are now available to junior members under the age of 25 because our vision is to attract a new generation into South African archaeology. ArchSoc activities are diverse and targeted at all age groups. ArchSoc membership is the perfect gift for the whole family and a special family membership is available.
Membership Benefits:
  • Lectures and outings are organised by volunteer members in branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg/Durban and Kimberley/Bloemfontein.
  • Members who live too far from these centres to participate in their activities will nevertheless receive notices of meetings.
  • Some branches organise annual guided tours to international destinations of archaeological interest. In recent years members have visited Mexico, China, Northern Thailand, Myamar & Cambodia, Tunisia & Malta, Tukey, Benin & Togo, Peru & Bolivia, Western China, Mali, Ethiopia, Easter Island and Iran.
  • Members receive all the Society’s publications as part of their annual subscription. The Digging Stick is published three times a year, the South African Archaeological Bulletin (SAAB) is published twice a year and volumes in the Goodwin Series are published occasionally, when funds permit.
  • Members are entitled to request a password that will enable them to source and download all the past copies of the SAAB and Goodwin Series, and a range of other journals free from online academic archive JSTOR.
  • Branches issue regular newsletters on forthcoming events. The Northern Branch, which serves the northern provinces of South Africa and Gauteng, circulates a regular publication called Artefacts which is published twice a year reporting on the branch’s lectures and outings.
  • Anyone can join, either as a junior member (under 25 years), family, individual or institution. Join now, if you haven’t done so already!