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.
To our new Communications and Publicity Liaison for the Paleopathology Association and International Journal of Paleopathology:
Laura received her PhD in Archaeology from the University of Bradford (UK) and is now a Osteoarchaeology PDRA on the COMMIOS project (University of York, UK). Laura's research focusses on improving the diagnosis of pathologies and investigating the relationship between identity, and social and environmental factors and diseases in the past . She is passionate about public engagement, and has recently led the osteoarchaeological research underpinning the 'Feeding Barcelona: City, Supply and Health' exhibition (Barcelona History Museum, Barcelona, Spain).
Don't forget to vote!
Elections for a new Vice-President, Secretary and Director-at-Large II (Awards) are now OPEN!
Check your member's email for a link to the voting page!
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 2022.
Deadline: September 30, 2022
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.
The September 2022 Issue is now out!
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
Venues for future North American meetings include 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; Berlin 2026
More to follow soon!
A recording of our first 2022 PPA Webinar:
Non-Adults Paleopathology: current understanding and debates.
is now available on the 'Members Only' Page.
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
Feeling inspired? If you have a suggestions or would like to offer a session related to paleopathology, please contact:
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