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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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03 Apr 2017
Dear members and friends,
It is a pleasure to include a letter of introduction, the tour programme and a booking form for the South African Archaeological Society's 14-day adventure to the highlands plateau in north-western Ethiopia.
03 Apr 2017
Dear Members,
    Herewith the second newsletter of 2017 from the Western Cape Branch of the SA Archaeological Society..
    * An outing to Durbanville on Saturday morning 8 April is advertised for booking.
    * A proposed excursion to the Karoo and N.
09 Mar 2017
Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth. One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may

latest events & activities

By: Matthias Brenzinger
Date: Tue, 09/05/2017 - 18:30
Western Cape

Only 13 non-Bantu click languages, often referred to as “Khoisan” languages are still spoken today. The presentation will start off by providing an overview on the distribution of the speakers of these languages, as well as on their genetic relationships. 
By: Nine-day self-drive excursion in May with Gavin Whitelaw and other leaders
Sun, 14/05/2017 - 00:00 to Mon, 22/05/2017 - 00:00
Nine-day self-drive excursion in May with Gavin Whitelaw and other leaders.
By: After the AGM there will be a lecture by Gavin Whitelaw
Date: Thu, 25/05/2017 - 00:00
Details to follow.