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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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15 May 2017
Dear Members,

Herewith the April newsletter of 2017 from the Northern Branch of the SA Archaeological Society..

April Newsletter 2017

11 May 2017
Homo naledi’s significant impact.
In an accompanying paper, led by Berger, entitled Homo naledi and Pleistocene hominin evolution in subequatorial Africa, the team discusses the importance of finding such a primitive species at such a time and place.
09 May 2017
Mpho Raborife, News24
Johannesburg - A year and a half after fossils belonging to the Homo naledi species were discovered, scientists and researchers can now reveal that it is highly likely that the species lived alongside Homo sapiens (early humans).

latest events & activities

By: Northern Branch
Date: Sat, 26/08/2017 - 00:00
Annual Symposium. Trading places - Connecting the world.
By: Stellenbosch Museum and the W. Cape Branch of the SA Archaeology Society
Date: Sun, 27/08/2017 - 15:30
Western Cape

Speakers: Prof. Andy Smith, Dr.Antonia Malan, Prof. John Parkington, Prof. Jurie van der Heever.
Booking is essential, for catering purposes:  Cost:  R190.00 Cash at the door; includes 4 lectures, morning tea, lunch and an afternoon outing.