About the Journal

Southern African Field Archaeology (a.k.a. FIELD) in its revived format is a non-profit, open-access journal currently funded by the Palaeo-Research Institute, University of Johannesburg, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

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Revisiting Middle Stone Age hunting at ≠GI, Botswana: A tip cross-sectional area study

Marlize Lombard, Steven Churchill
Abstract 398 | Lombard_Churchill_2022 Downloads 73 SOM_File_1_Lombard_Churchill_2022 Downloads 0

A bioarchaeological analysis of skeletal remains from Van Zyl’s farm, Clarens, Free State, South Africa

Claudia Landsman, Anja Meyer, Maryna Steyn
Abstract 156 | Landsman_et_al._2022 Downloads 76

Comparing morphological variability in Handaxes from Penhill Farm and Amanzi Springs, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Matthew Caruana, Matt G. Lotter
Abstract 154 | Caruana_Lotter_2022 Downloads 24 SOM_File_1_Caruana_Lotter_2022 Downloads 0

The remediation of Kruger Cave: a Later Stone Age and living heritage site in the western Magaliesberg

Justin Bradfield, Emma Cleminson, Christopher Hodgson, Renette Naudé, Liteboho Senyane, Bacara Spruit, Natalie Taylor, Lerato Tsakatsi, Stephan Woodborne, Matt G. Lotter
Abstract 136 | Bradfield_et_al._2022 Downloads 37

Southern African Field Archaeology aims to communicate basic data, findings, syntheses and opinions about all aspects and periods of southern and/or sub-Saharan African archaeology, the palaeo-sciences, and heritage collections and management, to professional archaeologists, heritage practitioners, students, governing authorities and the public. It therefore serves everybody concerned with field and laboratory research, methods development, experimentation, data analysis and the interpretation of the archaeological and palaeo-science records, as well as with collections and heritage management pertaining to the sub-continent.


We accommodate a broad range of original contributions in the form of:

  • Peer-reviewed research reports.
  • Concise peer-reviewed comparative studies, syntheses or overviews.
  • Peer-reviewed critiques or discussion pieces around previously published papers in FIELD or elsewhere that are relevant to the themes of the journal.
  • Non-peer-reviewed short notes.
  • Non-peer-reviewed editorials and opinion pieces.


Contributions published in the journal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Authors therefore retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication. Contributions by Africa-based authors are free of charge. Non-Africa-based authors (also those with honorary affiliations at African institutions) will be charged a competitive fee of ~R20 000.00 (~$1370.00 or ~€1150.00, excluding local tax charges) for their open-access publications.


This journal uses the Public Knowledge Project Preservation Network (PKP PN) to digitally preserve all published content for archiving purposes. 


FIELD Cover page: Designed by Marlize Lombard and Matt lotter. The background image provided by Amanda Esterhuysen (Wits University) is a shaded model (2x vertical exaggeration ECW) produced from LiDAR data by Southern Mapping of Molokwane, a BaKwena farming village near Rustenburg, South Africa, inhabited by Sotho-Tswana speaking populations since the 17th century (Pistorius, J.C.C. 1992. Molokwane an Iron Age BaKwena Village: Early Tswana settlement in the western Transvaal. Perskor: Johannesburg).