CANCER IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

  • Our research unit, the Paleo-oncology Research Organization, builds scientific collaborations, carries out research, and contributes scholarly work to peer-reviewed journals, and academic conferences. 

  • Learn more about the Paleo-oncology Research Organization here.

  • A great deal of the evidence behind the history of cancer lies in human and animal skeletons which are recovered from archaeological excavations.

  • ACF staff, volunteers, and board members participate in  and lead archaeological excavations across the globe including Greece, Israel, Egypt, Romania, Oman, and Peru.

  • ACF can visit your school, university, institution, or organization to talk about the history of cancer.

  • Contact us to request a lecture or tutorial.

  • Cancer is mentioned in historical medical literature as early as 3500BC.

  • Learn more here.

RESEARCH
ARCHAEOLOGY
EDUCATION
HISTORY
Evidence of cancer dates back thousands of years and is found in ancient literature, medical texts, artwork, inscriptions, fossils, animal remains, mummies, and skeletons.