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Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists

The South African Archaeological Student Council is proud to announce the 2018 ASAPA-PAST Student Development Workshop, to be held in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.

Due to logistical factors, we can only accommodate 23 students, so the focus will fall on post-graduates with research interests in the archaeology of Lesotho.

A valid passport is required but, fortunately, Lesotho does not require a visa.

Transport from Johannesburg to Mokhotlong and back will be provided, but travel arrangements to Johannesburg must be made by students themselves.

We will be camping, so make sure you bring your own tent, sleeping bag and other equipment. All meals are catered for, but please bring along your own snacks and drinks.

To apply, please send us your CV, proof of university registration, copy of your passport and a short (one page) motivational letter of why you would like to attend this workshop.

Send your documents to before the closing date of 31 October 2018.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters: The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST), The Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and The Archaeological Society of South Africa (Transvaal Branch), as well as our hosts in Lesotho: PGS Heritage, for making this year's SDW possible.
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The Association for Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that exists for the purpose of establishing, maintaining and promoting archaeology in Southern Africa. Archaeology is now recognised as an important component of our heritage, but that heritage is increasingly threatened by urban development.

Professional archaeologists have a crucial role to play in studying, preserving and promoting our archaeological heritage. The origins of ASAPA lie with the Southern African Association of Archaeologists (SA3), which was established in 1970 to encourage the training of archaeologists and to promote archaeological heritage in Southern Africa.

In response to the changing status of archaeology and the increasing professionalisation of its practitioners, the membership of SA3 decided to become a formal professional body in 2004. Today, the association's membership comprises over 300 professional archaeologists and others in related fields, based in Southern Africa and beyond.

As a professional body, ASAPA is committed to the development of archaeological research, management (including conservation, curation, archaeotourism and restoration), outreach and the exchange of archaeological expertise and information, in and beyond Southern Africa.


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