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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.

Upcoming events

Registration for the 50th Annual North American PPA Meeting is now open!

Check out the Program and Register here


Tell us what you think about the PPA Quarterly Newsletter and the website and social media activities 

DEADLINE 30th March!


And help us improve it!


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

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."


The fantastic March webinar on Emerging Scholarship of Paleopathology and Marginalization hosted by Madeleine Mant and featuring Kendra Isable, Jo Motley and Adam Netzer Zimmer will be available soon! 

Keep an eye on the Members' Page!

International Journal of Paleopathology

The IJPP is the Official Journal of the

Paleopathology Association

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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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 18-19 2023

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 Here

Fourth 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 our Communications and Publicity Liaison, Laura Castells Navarro


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

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