Important Dates

31 July 2013 - Online abstract submissions opens
31 July 2013 – Online registration opens
31 January 2014 – Abstract submission closes
15 March 2014 – Early bird registration closes
31 May 2014 – Online registration closes




Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 14th Congress of the Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies and the 22nd Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists proudly hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from 14-18 July 2014.The Pan-African Association of Archaeology and Related Studies (PAA) was established in Kenya at the instigation of none other than Louis Leakey, who became the organizing secretary of the 1st Congress, which took place in Nairobi in January 1947. At that ground-breaking Nairobi meeting, Johannesburg was nominated as the host of the second Congress, but the Nationalist government of South Africa which came to power in 1948 withdrew its support for this initiative and the second Congress went to Algiers instead.

We are therefore absolutely delighted that the PAA congress will finally be held in Johannesburg, in South Africa. The 2014 PAA/SAfA joint meeting will be held on the Braamfontein Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand. The aims are to bring together Africanist archaeologists and colleagues in a forum for the exchange of information and ideas; to create contacts between students, researchers and practitioners across Africa in multiple disciplines; to forge links and friendships; and to facilitate and promote inter-African collaboration. Read More...

Welcome to Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa by population, and the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent.

Information regarding visa requirements can be found on the website of the Department of Home Affairs, while SouthAfrica.info also provides user-friendly information.

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Pamela Jane Smith (Shaw) would be honoured if you would accept an invitation to the University of Cambridge’s Memorial Service for her beloved husband, Professor Thurstan Shaw, Onu N'ekwulu Ora Igboukwu, Onuna Ekwulu Nri and Onyafuonka of Igboland, to be held at Sidney Sussex College Chapel at 2.30pm on the 10th May 2014 in Cambridge, UK. http://www2.arch.cam.ac.uk/~pjs1011/thurstan-shaw.html

Abstract submissions are now closed. Presenters will be informed of the outcome at the end of February.

PAST is offering travel grants and hosting a competition
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SAfA is offering graduate student travel grants. Click here to view the guidelines.

A conference just before PAA 2014 in Bloemfontein to celebrate Louis Scott's contribution to palynology & to palaeoscience in general  http://lscott-tribute.co.za