About SAfA

The Society

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. SAfA is an affiliated organization of the Society for American Archaeology and the African Studies Association.


SAfA publishes a bulletin, Nyame Akuma, which appears twice a year and which contains short reports on research projects as they take place around the continent. As a benefit of SAfA membership, you can order any or all of the following journals at a discount over regular subscription rates: Azania,  The African Archaeological Review and Journal of African Archaeology.

The Biennial Meetings

SAfA also holds biennial conferences devoted to African archaeology and related research topics. The meetings have alternated between Europe and North America, with two conferences held jointly with the Pan-African Association in Africa:

  • 1996 (3-6 September) Dymaczewo Conference Center, Poznan, Poland
  • 1998 (21-24 May) Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
  • 2000 (12-15 July) Cambridge University, UK
  • 2002 (18-22 May) University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2004 (26-29 June) University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway (business meeting minutes)
  • 2006 (23-26 June) University of Calgary, Alberta Canada
    (minutes of business, and executive meetings)
  • 2008 (8-11 September) Frankfurt, Germany (minutes of business meeting)
  • 2010 (1-7 November) Dakar, Senegal jointly with the Panafrican Association of Prehistory meeting (program and abstracts, business meeting minutes)
  • 2012 (18-23 June) University of Toronto, Canada (minutes of the business meeting)
  • 2014 (13-18 July) University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa jointly with the Panafrican Association (business meeting minutes)
  • 2016 (26 June-2 July) Université de Toulouse, France (business meeting minutes)
  • 2018 Archive & meeting abstracts, program sessions and proceedings 


SAfA membership is essential for anyone with an interest in African archaeology, palaeoanthropology or history. Our membership dues structure is very reasonable, with special provisions for students and retired people and free membership for Africans residing in Africa.

See our Membership page for further information on how to become a member.