Global distribution of bioarchaeological evidence

This map represents known cases of malignant neoplastic disease, or cancer, across the globe according to available archaeological evidence. Each marker represents an individual or individuals with skeletal evidence of cancer. Only published cases of malignant neoplastic disease are represented on this map.


























a work in progress.


The map pictured here is based on the data included in:

     Hunt KJ, Roberts C, and Kirkpatrick C. 2018. Taking Stock: A Systematic Review of Archaeological Evidence of     

          Cancers in Human and Early Hominin Remains. International Journal of Paleopathology 21:12-26.

          DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2018.03.002

In the future, we plan to update and improve this map to make it interactive with links to additional demographic, diagnostic, and reference information. Keep checking back for more updates!

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