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Welcome to the webpage of the Accordia Research Institute

Accordia is a research institute in the University of London. It operates in association with the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and with the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. It is dedicated to the promotion and co-ordination of research into all aspects of early Italy, from first settlement to the end of the pre-industrial period. 


We organise lectures, research seminars, conferences and exhibitions on aspects of Italian archaeology and history, and publish a regular journal on the same theme; details of the 2018-2019 lecture series can be found here


Accordia also has an extensive programme of research publications. We publish specialist volumes, seminars, conferences and excavation reports. Our policy is to encourage and support research into early Italy, especially by younger scholars, to get new work disseminated as rapidly as possible, and to improve access to recent and innovative research. We believe our books and our journal represent a valuable contribution to the development of the subject area. Accordia publishes its own Journal, the Accordia Research Papers

We also run - or are associated with - a number of research and fieldwork projects based in Britain and in Italy.

Accordia operates on a voluntary, non-profit basis, supported by subscriptions and donations. Publications are self-financing. Everyone gives their services without payment.

____________________________________________________________________________________Forthcoming Events

TUESDAY, November 12 at 18:00

Umberto Albarella, University of Sheffield

Urban pigs: dietary, cultural and landscape changes

in 1st millennium AD Rome

Joint Lecture with the Institute of Archaeology

Room 612, Gordon Square, London WC1




TUESDAY December 10 2019  at 17:30

Accordia Anniversary Lecture

Marzabotto-Kainua: new discoveries in the Etruscan town

Elisabetta Govi, University of Bologna

Joint Lecture with the Institute of Classical Studies

Room G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC



Call for Papers

Workshop on the Archaeology of Pilgrimage in Ancient Italy

Friday 24th April 2020, Room 349 Senate House London

Organised jointly by the Accordia Research Institute, the Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion (Open University) and the Institute of Classical Studies (University of London).

Details about the workshop and on how to submit a proposal can be found here.



Recent and forthcoming publications:

Accordia Research Papers 15   Published 2019.

Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context. Being prepared for publication. 

Social and Sensory Landscapes of northern Puglia. Being prepared for publication.


Evidence collected from several archaeological sites in Rome, particularly the Crypta Balbi, dated to the 7th – 10th century AD, indicates changes in pig management that can be associated with an evolving urban landscape. Pigs in the Roman city were of small size – consistently with the evidence from most contemporary sites in Italy – and were probably bred in the countryside and then imported to the urban area. In the early Middle Ages, however, there is a clear increase in the size of domestic pigs. This is likely to be linked to the growing ruralisation of the city, which enhanced the opportunity for locally kept free-range domestic pigs to mate with their wild counterparts, producing larger animals. In the 9th – 10th century AD pigs decrease in size again, though not to the same level as in Roman times. Tighter husbandry control probably justifies this further change, which can be associated with a more orderly social organization of the area around the Crypta Balbi.