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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 Apr 2018
Dear Members, Herewith the March newsletter of 2018 from the Trans-!Garib branch of the SA Archaeological Society.
11 Dec 2017
After 20 years of painstaking excavation and preparation, Professor Ron Clarke introduces the most complete Australopithecus fossil ever found to the world. South Africa’s status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today’s
11 Dec 2017
Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago.

latest events & activities

By: Outing with recommended guide
Date: Sun, 22/04/2018 - 08:30
Details regarding the charge, venue and time will be announced closer to the date. 
The Redan rock engravings represent the only major site of its kind in the Gauteng Province.
By: John Parkington
Date: Tue, 08/05/2018 - 18:30
Western Cape

Two different but obviously related components of the archaeological ‘record’, namely rock paintings and human skeletal remains, have the potential to contribute to narratives of conflict and identity.
By: Outing with historian Peter Delius, farm owner Eric Johnson and Verlorenkloof guide Joseph Mothupi
Fri, 15/06/2018 - 08:45 to Sun, 17/06/2018 - 08:45