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This week PACS is at the 2018 Rand Show and would encourage all attendants to come and see us. We are, as pictured here, painting children’s faces with ochre to encourage them to take an interest in the significance of the earthy pigment in Southern African prehistory and in that very prehistory! Working with children as we are, we are reminded of a salient fact: ‘Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people.’ - Taken from a speech by president Nelson Mandela at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane schools 3 June 1995

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Some pictures of Wits Archaeology staff and students presenting and enjoying themselves at Ace2018 - the first African Conference on Ecperimental Archaeology at Wits - University of the Witwatersrand 20th to 22nd of March. Look up ACEJoburg on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more pictures. We were also featured in the Wits Vuvuzela student newspaper:

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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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Southern African Archaeology

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