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.
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.
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.
The Paleopathology Newsletter (PPNL) is issued quarterly. Subscription to the PPNL is a PPA member benefit.
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."
The PPA Student Group (SG) is open to all student members of the PPA.
50th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association
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
Future European Paleopathology Association Meetings:
Leiden (2024) and Berlin (2026)
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.
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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