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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

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Board of Directors 2023 – Final Call for Nominations

This year, we welcome nominations to the Board of Directors for two posts: President-Elect and Treasurer.

Nominees must be members in good standing and be nominated by a member in good standing. Find here all the information needed for the nominations as well as the summary of duties.

If you are interested in standing for either of these posts, please email our Secretary, Mario Novak


51st Annual North American Meeting 

Los Angeles, CA           March 18-20, 2024

Hotel information is out! 

Find all the information on the Meetings Page

50th Anniversary of the Paleopathology Association - Logo Competition!

This logo will be used to represent the Association for 1 year (April to April) and will appear on commemorative items at the conference in Los Angeles next year.

Is art not one of your skills? No worries! - we will get a professional to redraw your idea (if necessary).

The logo will be judged by the Exec committee and the winner will receive 1 year free membership to the PPA and waivered conference fees to one PPA meeting in 2024.

The deadline is 12 noon (BST) 1st November 2023.


*Please send your proposal to the Communications and Publicity Liaison.

webinar suggestions

We are organizing the next set of webinars and we'd love to hear from you. 

The only requirement is that the suggested topic is (of course) paleopathology-related, so...

  • Is there any pathology you'd like to know more about, or a topic in paleopathology that you think we should talk about?
  • Is there any region/site with interesting pathologies or pathological patterns that you'd like to know or tell us about?
  • Or any aspect on skills development in paleopathology that you'd like to learn more about?  

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

International Journal of Paleopathology

The International Journal of Paleopathology carves out a dedicated academic space for communication, collaborations and cutting-edge research in paleopathology - human and non-human. The journal seeks to encourage research and foster interdisciplinary communication.

Find more information about the latest updates and how to publish in the IJPP in our dedicated page.

Volume 43 is now in the making - Check it out!

On the IJPP website,  you will also find the fantastic collection of Special Issues, and the newly-created Volume Highlights which celebrate and promote scientific contributions influencing our field.

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

Eve Cockburn Service Award 2023

Prof. Marie Danforth


The Awards Committee stated that Marie has been an active member of the PPA for the last 40 years, starting as a graduate student member, and has served as Treasurer from 2009-2012, then as Vice-President from 2013-2015, organizing the two North American meetings, alongside supporting the PPA Student Group, and several PPA subcommittees. 

Marie has promoted our discipline at several other levels, ranging from university-level activities to local, regional, national, and international-level academic engagement activities. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Charles Jenkins Service Award by the Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology (2002), the Mentorship Award from the PPA (2014), one recognition for contributions to Undergraduate Research by the Drapeau Center for Undergraduates, the Innovation Award for Research Advocacy from the University of Southern Mississippi (2011 and 2017), and The Mississippi Humanities Council Scholar of the Year in 2013.

Marie has mentored, trained, and supported countless students that always felt inspired not only by her excellence in scholarship but by her generosity, kindness, and compassion as well.  

Visit our awards page...

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


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 is now available

Check it out at the Member's only page

Did you enjoyed the conference?

Were you inspired by what you saw?

Do you want to be part of our phenomenal community?

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PPA Members have access to our Newsletters, webinars, abstracts, awards, conference information and access to the International Journal of Paleopathology!

Check our range of membership levels and choose what's best for you!

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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September PPA newsletter is out now!

Check it out at the Member's only page!

Next Conferences

51st Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association

Los Angeles (March 18-20, 2024)

Future North American meetings: 

Baltimore (2025) and Denver (2026).

Future European Paleopathology Association Meetings:

Leiden (August 21-24, 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

All recording of our 2022 PPA Webinar series are available on the 'Members Only' Page:

  • On the Edge: Emerging scholarship of Paleopathology and Marginalization
  • Cancer as an ancient disease: past and implications to the present
  • Rare diseases: Good words make good science
  • From paleopathological diagnosis to the biocultural approach: The contribution of hospital archives
  • Non-adult paleopathology: current understandings and debates


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

For information or queries, contact our Communications and Publicity Liaison 

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