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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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It is with great pleasure that the ACDF announces its radiocarbon dating funding awards for 2022-23.  They include nine successful applicants from six countries.

C'est avec grand plaisir que l'ACDF annonce le résultat de ses financements pour des datations radiocarbones pour l’année 2022-23.  Nous avons retenus neuf (9) dossiers en provenance de six (6) pays.

Latifa Sari from Algeria / Latifa Sari de l’Algérie

P. Jean-Baptiste Coulibaly from Burkina Faso / P. Jean-Baptiste Coulibaly du Burkina Faso

Ruth Wafang from Cameroon / Ruth Wafang du Cameroun

Abigail E. Idoko from Nigeria / Abigail E. Idoko du Nigéria

Macham Mangut from Nigeria / Macham Mangut du Nigéria

Oyinloye Y. Olanrewaju from Nigeria / Oyinloye Y. Olanrewaju du Nigéria

Dawn Green from South Africa / Dawn Green d’Afrique du Sud

Mohamed A. S. Bashir from Sudan / Mohamed A. S. Bashir du Soudan

Ahmed H. Nassr from Sudan / Ahmed H. Nassr du Soudan

Congratulations to you all!

Félicitations à tous!

Philip de Barros
ACDF Chair


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:


The SAfA Book Prize is open to books and monographs, including site reports, in all fields of African archaeology, including ethnoarchaeology and the African diaspora, from the beginnings of the archaeological record to the present. Single author, multi-author and edited works are all eligible. There is no restriction as to language.

For the 2023 SAfA Book Prize, only books published in 2020 and afterwards are eligible for the prize.

To be considered, a book must be in print and should have been published between 2020 and 2023. Books considered for the 2021 competition cannot be resubmitted in this round.

Closing date for submissions for the 2023 SAfA Book Prize is 15 April 2023

To put forward a book for consideration in 2023, please arrange for a copy to be sent to each of the judges.

Professor Anne Haour

Sainsbury Research Unit

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of East Anglia

Norwich NR4 7TJ

United Kingdom

Professor Gérard Chouin
William & Mary
Department of History
James Blair, Room 330

250 James Blair Dr.

Williamsburg, VA 23185


The SAfA Book Prize is awarded every two years at the SAfA Biennial Meeting to a book which makes an exceptional contribution within one of the following areas, or to a significant contribution in a number of them:

1) an important theoretical advance in African archaeology;

2) an important methodological advance in African archaeology;

3) a major advance in our knowledge of the African past;

4) success in taking African archaeology to a world audience;

5) success in breaking down disciplinary division in African archaeology, be they temporal, geographic, linguistic, or other;

6) success in championing the value of African archaeology within an African nation or community;

7) success in championing the protection and preservation of Africa's archaeological heritage.



Sada Mire, Divine Fertility The Continuity in Transformation of an Ideology of Sacred Kinship in Northeast Africa. Routledge, 2020

Edited Volume, Specific

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Adria LaViolette (eds.), The Swahili World. Routledge, 2020

Edited Volume, Pan-Africa

Geoffroy Heimlich (editorial coordination), Art rupestre et patrimoine mondial en Afrique subsaharienne. Hemispheres, 2021.

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