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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


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

Winners of the 2022 PPA Awards

Cockburn Best Student Podium:

Aida R. Barbera: Fluctuations of intestinal parasites in historical Northeast North America: a paleoepidemiological approach.

Cockburn Best Student Poster:

Émy Roberge: High prevalence of interglobular dentin in an Inca population from Farfán (Peru) detected through correlative tomography.

Cockburn Runner-Up Student Poster: Hayley Welsh: Investigating growth disruption in subadults from the 10th–13th century cemetery of St. Étienne of Toulouse, France

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.

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."

Nomenclature in Paleopathology

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

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Upcoming Events

23rd European PPA Meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania

25-29 August 2022

The preliminary program can be found


Registration is open until August 25

Click here to Register

50th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

Reno, Nevada

April 17-19 2023

Key dates:

Aug 12 2022:

Symposium proposal portal opens!

Send your proposals to: 


Sept 1 2022:

Abstract submission portal opens

Sept 30 2022:

Deadline for symposium proposals

October 20 2022: 

Deadline for abstract submission (podium and poster presentations)


IX PAMinSA meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia

August 9-11 2023

More information can be found


PPA webinars

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

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

Feeling inspired? We are currently looking for new Webinar Events for 2022-3. 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 mailto:treasurer.ppa@gmail.com

PPA Newsletter

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

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The June 2022 Issue is now out!

Student Group

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

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

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