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

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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 and Asia, 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.

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2021 Meeting info

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:

2020 Meeting Website

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 92)

Nyame Akuma Issue 92 is now available for SAfA members.

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