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Founded in 1974

Paleopathology (or palaeopathology) is defined as the study of ancient diseases in humans and animals recovered from archeological sites. It is a key  contributor to the field of bioarcheology that precisely integrates a biocultural approach to reconstruct past  lived experiences.

Today, the PPA is a global community composed of researchers and students with a background in anthropology, archaeology, medicine, biology, and zoology. Membership is open to all who are interested and dedicated to sharing information, ideas and resources that help us understand health and disease in the past. 

As our motto states: the dead teach the living.

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Recent Books by Members

Visit our AWARDS page...

for information on how to be considered for the Jane E. Buikstra Early Career Award or the Cockburn Student Prize 2023.


Nominations for the Eve Cockburn Service Award (2023)

To find out how to nominate a member:


Send you letter of support to the PPA Director at Large (Awards) no later than 31 January, 2023

Next Webinar:

Wednesday, 25 January 2023, 6 pm Central European, 12 noon EST

Rare Diseases: Good words make good science. 

Communication, media, ethics

Speakers: Anne Titelbaum, Ana Luisa Santos and Dan Bradley

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Click HERE to register for FREE!

International Journal of Paleopathology

The International Journal of Paleopathology (IJPP) publishes original and significant articles concerned with the scientific analysis of skeletal and dental remains, and preserved soft tissues. The journal accept submissions of major research articles, case-studies of impact, brief communications, and technical notes, along with Special Issues that reflect key themes within paleopathology. 

Members of the Paleopathology Association receive free online access to the IJPP.

PPA Newsletter

The Paleopathology Newsletter (PPNL) is issued quarterly. Subscription to the PPNL is a PPA member benefit.

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We have just published our Celebratory 200th Edition!

Winner of the Mentorship Award 2022

Prof. Sheila Mendonça de Souza 

Escola Nacional de Publica Sergio Arouca, Brazil

The Awarding Committee commented: "Sheila has played a crucial role in the development and internationalization of paleopathology in Brazil. Her excellent mentorship skills are demonstrated by the quality of the teaching and research of her former Doctoral students, many of whom are now professors at reputable Brazilian universities."

Student Group

The PPA Student Group (SG) is open to all student members of the PPA. 

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50th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

Reno, Nevada

April 17-19 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: 

12 noon, November 18, 2022: 

 (podium and poster presentations)

Click  HERE for the Guidelines


Future North American meetings: 

Los Angeles (2024), Baltimore (2025) and Denver (2026).


IX PAMinSA meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia

August 9-11 2023

More information can be found


Third Announcement


Future European Paleopathology Association Meetings:

Leiden (2024) and Berlin (2026)

PPA Webinars

We run regular webinars on topics important to paleopathology and our membership. Recordings of these events are normally available on the 'Members Only' page.

Taster! Watch one of our PPA webinars on Colonialism and Bioarchaeology

A recording of our first 2022 PPA Webinar:

Non-Adults Paleopathology: current understanding and debates.

is available on the 'Members Only' Page.


Feeling inspired? If you have a suggestions or would like to offer a session related to paleopathology, please contact:

Carina Marques 

mailto:anac@ci.uc.pt, or

Chris Stantis 



The need for a consensus and accuracy in the use of descriptive terms in palaeopathology has been a longstanding concern of the PPA. Learn more about adopting appropriate terms in all communications and publications.

Read More Here

For information or queries, contact  paleopath.secretary@gmail.com

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