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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.

December webinar - NEW DATE

Interacciones entre salud y medio-ambiente en comunidades

cazadoras-recolectoras de Sudamerica

Interactions between health and environment in hunter-gatherer communities from South America

Ponentes/Speakers: Dr Bernardo Arriaza, Dra Mariana Fabra y Dr Gonzalo Figueiro

Fecha/Day: 19 Dec. 2023

Hora/Hour: 12pm EST, 2pm ART/CLT/UYT; 6pm CET

Idioma: This webinar will be in Spanish with English translation!

Regístrate aquí/ Register here

51st Annual North American Meeting 

Los Angeles, CA           March 18-20, 2024

*The meeting will take place in hybrid format*

Call for Abstracts - CLOSED

October 15, 2023 - November 15, 2023

Please check the Call Submission  to find all the details and requirements for abstract submission and the conference format.  

Early Career Researchers - Remember you can apply to the IJPP Early Career Conference Award when you submit your abstract! Find all the information here

Find all the information about the conference on the Meetings Page

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

Eve cockburn mentorship award

2nd Call For Nominations

Do you know somebody who has consistently provided support, guidance, and strong direction to undergraduates and graduates? 

The Paleopathology Association acknowledges with the Eve Cockburn Mentorship Award a senior member who has inspired us as a teacher, advisor, or counsellor. Candidates must be PPA members for at least ten years.

Find here all the information needed to nominate your candidate and send your nomination and letter of support to our Director-at-Large (Awards) 

The Award will be announced at the upcoming 51st Annual North American Meeting in Los Angeles (CA).

24th European PPA meeting

More information coming soon!

September PPA newsletter is out now!

Check it out at the Members' Only page!

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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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Next Conferences

Future North American meetings: 

Baltimore (2025) 

Denver (2026)

Future European Paleopathology Association Meetings:

Leiden (August 21-24, 2024)

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


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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