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.
51st Annual North American Meeting
Los Angeles, CA March 18-20, 2024
*The meeting will take place in hybrid format*
Hotel information: The meeting will be held at the JW Marriot LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA. Find all the information about the hotel here.
For more detailed information, head to the Meetings Page
PPA Newsletter March 2024 is on the making!
Interesting activities you were / are involved in that may be of interest to our Membership, news from the field (from every corner of the world!),
Deadline: 25 January 2024
As we start the PPA's 50th Anniversary Year, we'd also love to hear about your personal and professional experiences and reflections as members (new and long-standing!).
We're looking for short editorial style pieces (~300 words) that can be organized together over the next few issues. So keep them coming!
February PPA webinar
Learning from the past, informing the present: Integrating social theory in paleopathology
Siân Halcrow, University of Otago, New Zealand
Consuelo Huerta Molina, University of Tarapacá, Chile
Kendra Isable, University of Nevada Reno, US
Dr. Aja Lans, John Hopkins University, US
Jeffrey Seckinger, University of California Berkeley, US
Day: 28 February 2024
Hora/Hour: noon-2pm EST; 6-8pm CET
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 44 is now in the making - Check it out!
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.
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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The Paleopathology Newsletter (PPNL) is issued quarterly. Subscription to the PPNL is a PPA member benefit.
The PPA Student Group (SG) is open to all student members of the PPA.
Future North American meetings:
Future European Paleopathology Association Meetings:
Leiden, Netherlands (August 21-24, 2024)
Berlin, Germany (2026)
Future PAMinSA Meetings:
Lima, Peru (2025)
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:
RECENT BOOKS BY MEMBERS
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