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PALEOPATHOLOGY ASSOCIATION

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


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.


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

Call for abstracts now open: https://www.ppa2022.mf.vu.lt/abstract

Extended Deadline: May 07, 2022

IX PAMinSA meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, August 2023

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

PPA Newsletter

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

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The March 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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