SAfA Conferences



2020, University of Oxford, UK  (NOTE: Canceled/postponed due to Covid-19)

On April 27, 2020 the SAfA Covid Matters Committee (CMC) voted to cancel/postpone the physical meeting of SAfA in Oxford (originally scheduled for 21-24 September 2020). On May 11, 2020 the SAfA 2020 Organizing Committee announced that the face-to-face components of the rescheduled 25th SAfA conference will take place at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, from 15 to 20 August 2021. Student Day activities will take place on Sunday 15 August and excursions on Friday 20 August.

For more information see the conference website:


2018, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SAfA: 18-21 June, 2018

SAfA's organizing committee is delighted to announce that the 24th biennial SAfA conference will take place 18-21 June, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Full information is presented on the conference website: 

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Please send inquiries about the conference directly to the SAfA 2018 Organizing Committee.

We anticipate a wonderful conference in Toronto!

Panafrican Association 2018:

10-14 September, 2018, Rabat, Morocco. 

PAA conference website  


2016, Université de Toulouse, France

SAfA 2016 Toulouse information is now archived  on the SAfA webpage - click the tab "About SAfA" and scroll down to the list of biennial meetings to find the link.

2016 SAfA Book Prize

Alfredo González Ruibal, 2014, An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland.  Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

This work studies the tactics of resistance deployed by a variety of indigenous communities in the borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa is an early area of state formation and at the same time the home of many egalitarian, small scale societies, which have lived in the buffer zone between states for the last three thousand years. For this reason, resistance is not something added to their sociopolitical structures: it is an inherent part of those structures-a mode of being. The main objective of the work is to understand the diverse forms of resistance that characterizes the borderland groups, with an emphasis on two essentially archaeological themes, materiality and time, by combining archaeological, political and social theory, ethnographic methods and historical data to examine different processes of resistance in the long term (text from

2016 Prize for Outstanding Student Presentation:

Mareike Brenner, Artifact distributions and intra-site spatial analysis of the Sibudan layers at the MSA site of Sibudu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


2014 (13-18 July) University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa jointly with the Panafrican Association (business meeting minutes)


2012 (18-23 June) University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (minutes of the business meeting)


2010 (1-7 November) Dakar, Senegal jointly with the Panafrican Association of Prehistory meeting (program and abstractsbusiness meeting minutes)


2008 (8-11 September) Frankfurt, Germany (minutes of business meeting)


2006 (23-26 June) University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (minutes of business, and executive meetings)


2004 (26-29 June) University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway (business meeting minutes)


2002 (18-22 May) University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA


2000 (12-15 July) Cambridge University, UK


1998 (21-24 May) Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA


1996 (3-6 September) Dymaczewo Conference Center, Poznan, Poland


1994 (28 April-1 May) Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA


1992 (28-29 March) University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA


1990 (22-25 March) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA


1988 (27 April -1 May) Sheraton Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, USA


1986 (12-16 April) University of California, Berkeley, California, USA


1984 (10-11 April) Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA


1982 (6-8 May) University of California, Berkeley, California, USA


1979 (21 April) University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada


1977 (25-27 April) Braniff Place Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


1975 (27-29 April) Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


1973 (14-16 April) Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA


1971 (April) Urbana, Illinois, USA