Welcome to the Society of Africanist Archaeologists Website!

The Society of Africanist Archaeologists is an organization of archaeologists, researchers from associated disciplines and others who share an interest in African archaeology and African societies. Our membership is international, with participation from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is actively involved in research in many African countries. Our website includes an area for "digital subscribers" to our bulletin, Nyame Akuma, enhanced access to back issues of the bulletin, and quicklinks to journal webpages and other websites of interest. We welcome your feedback. You can contact us here.

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Upcoming Conferences

 Archaeology Without Frontiers

 14th Panafrican Congress jointly with the 22nd Biennial Meeting of SAfA14–18 July, 2014,  University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Africa Graduate Student Travel Grant Information and Application



Thurstan Shaw Memorial Event,   May 8-11, 2014, University of Cambridge, England  

Mega-Chad Association 16th Mega-Chad Conference, "Religion, Ritual and Beliefs in the Lake Chad Basin," July 2014, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands


Sudan Archaeological Society AGM and Kirwan Memorial Lecture, 29th September 2014, British Museum, London UK

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SAFA Book Prize 2012

Anne Mayor 2011 Traditions céramiques dans la boucle du Niger. Ethnoarchéologie et histoire du peuplement au temps des empires précoloniaux. Africa Magna Verlag. 

SAfA Student Paper Prizes 2012

Congratulations to these winning papers, which will be submitted for publication in Antiquity's online Gallery

Patrick Roberts, University of Oxford
"Stable carbon isotope measurements from Soil Organic Matter (SOM) as
proxy records of palaeotemperature in Lesotho".

Justin Bradfield, University of Johannesburg
"A macrofracture analysis of bone tipped hunting weapons".

Steven T. Goldstein, Washington University, St. Louis
“Only the mountains do not move”: Lithic reduction, mobility, and raw
material access among early pastoralists in SW Kenya.

Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, Rice University
"New perspectives on the archaeology of Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria".