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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

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
11 Jan 2017
Prehistoric ancestors creating human hand stencils in caves 40,000 years ago can now be identified as male or female with more than 90% accuracy.
11 Jan 2017
Human bones from a newborn, a child and four adults or teenagers who lived around 40,000 years ago show clear signs of cutting and of fractures to extract the marrow within, archaeologists say.

latest events & activities

By: Walking tour with Jo Buitendach
Date: Sat, 25/03/2017 - 09:30
Northern
Join Jo on a walking tour of some of the top art that the streets of Braamfontein have to offer. This walking tour will include public art, street art, graffiti, as well as looking at a bit of history and area regeneration. The tour will focus on how art can be used to regenerate the city, how Braamfontein is leading the regeneration of the city, as well as some background to graffiti in Johannesburg. We will see how the city is fast becoming an international graffiti and street art destination. This is the perfect opportunity for all those budding city photographers! So grab a comfy pair of shoes and the family and let’s hit the streets of Jozi for an arty adventure! And why not make a day of it and have lunch or coffee at the ‘Neighbourgoods’ Market or at one of Braamfontein’s fantastic coffee shops afterwards?
By: Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen
Date: Thu, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Northern
Although the concentration camps of the South African War have been so important for Afrikaners, few academics have looked at them seriously. This lecture looks at the reasons for this and explores some of the major features of the camps. The camps gained their notoriety because of the high mortality, especially of the children. Modern research in the social history of medicine enables us to understand more fully why so many children died. The revelations of Emily Hobhouse led to major changes and the lecture will also look at the way in which the lives of the people were altered during the last months of the South African War.
By: Nine-day self-drive excursion in May with Gavin Whitelaw and other leaders
Date:
Sun, 14/05/2017 - 00:00 to Mon, 22/05/2017 - 00:00
Northern
Nine-day self-drive excursion in May with Gavin Whitelaw and other leaders.