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The Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) 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,  Asia, and Oceania, and is actively involved in research in many African countries.

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SAfA 2023 will be hosted by the Anthropology Department at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. 

Dates: 1-6 June, 2023

Leading Organizers: Jeffrey Fleisher, Susan McIntosh, and Mary Prendergast

Rice University’s Anthropology Department has a long, distinguished record in African archaeology and African Studies. Its Africanist faculty have active research on urban archaeology, complex societies, early pastoralism, human origins, and zooarchaeology; geographic areas of coverage include West Africa, the eastern African rift system, and the Indian Ocean coast. In addition, the university has recently created a Center for African and African American Studies, a major initiative that includes new hires across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Rice University’s heavily wooded 290-acre self-contained campus lies within Houston’s Museum District. Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, has two international airports with direct flights from Europe and Africa. It offers a vibrant and diverse urban setting for the conference, with many world-class museums and other attractions.

SAfA 2025 will be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) at the Universidade do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. 

Dates: 28 July-3 August, 2025

Leading Organizers: Nuno Bicho and Erich Fisher

ICArEHB aims to develop an integrative understanding of the ecological and cultural coevolution of modern humans. In 2019, the Portugese National Science Foundation gave ICArEHB the highest evaluation, recognizing the center’s leadership in archaeology and human evolution research. ICArEHB faculty have active projects in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Guinea, and Senegal. In addition, ICArEHB hosts graduate students from the Horn of Africa, southern Africa, and North Africa. Faro is served by an international airport, and located in the historic Algarve region of Portugal; it is adjacent to the protected wetlands of the Rio Formosa coastal lagoon and offers numerous nearby cultural sites, beaches, and hiking opportunities. 


The Role of Non-Pollen Palynomorphs in Palaeoecological Research (Nigeria) by Victoria Oluwademilade Olajide, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, USA.

Paper presented August 21st during the symposium "Early Holocene Climates and Human Adaptations in Africa" at the online 25th SAfA Biennial Meetings.  

Message from the 2021 SAfA Student Paper Award Committee:

We wish to extend our congratulations to Victoria and, indeed, to all the students who participated. The quality of submissions was high and a positive indication of innovative work by a new generation of scholars. We encourage SAfA members to view an archived copy of Victoria's presentation - and those of other students - available in the “Presentations” section of the SAfA 25th Biennial Meeting platform hosted by Symposium by ForagerOne:

A donation to SAfA helps to fund conference travel grants of assistance to African researchers and subsidize subscriptions to African institutions.