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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,  Asia, and Oceania, and is actively involved in research in many African countries.

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Welcome to the Society of Africanist Archaeologists Website!

Founded in 1971, 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. Our website includes an area for "digital subscribers" to our bulletin, Nyame Akuma, a link to back issues of the bulletin, and quicklinks to journal webpages and other websites of interest. We welcome your feedback.
A donation to SAfA helps to fund conference travel grants of assistance to African researchers and subsidize subscriptions to African institutions.

25th BIENNIAL mEETING (2021):  AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY — A 20:20 VISION FOR THE FUTURE.

Online Student Event, Plenary Session, and SAfA Business Meeting, August 14-15, 2021

Online Research Symposia Sessions, August and September, 2021 


SAfA Statement on Anti-Racism

Throughout its history, SAfA has traditionally confined its activism to matters that relate to the protection of cultural and archaeological heritage. Even so, recent unprecedented events in the United States call for reflection on the broader context in which SAfA members operate, and the importance of Africanist archaeology in global struggles for justice and human rights.

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NEW NYAME AKUMA ISSUE (Issue 94)

Nyame Akuma Issue 94 is now available for SAfA members.