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.



Recent Publications

New publications 

  Neolithic Spaces (two volumes). 2020. Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse

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Recent publications

Accordia Research Papers 15   Published 2019.


 Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context.  2020. edited by Ruth Whitehouse


The Accordia Lectures 2021-22

The full programme for this year's Accordia Lectures can be found here. Due to the on-going pandemic, the lectures will take place via Zoom. In the meantime, if you wish to attend on Zoom, please email Professor Ruth Whitehouse at accresearch20@gmail.com and you will be sent the joining details of each lecture.

TUESDAY, October 19, 2021  at 17:30

Funerary networks in central Italy, c.1000–31 BC

Ulla Rajala (University of Stockholm)

In this lecture I will discuss the results of my research project in which I took a long-term approach
to the study of the main cemetery areas in central Italy. My aim was to study identities and mental
distances, applying a network approach and GIS. I will look at the tomb types in different communities
along the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas and how this category of evidence can act as a proxy in defining
identities and sociopolitical networks. I will analyse the burial grounds in southern Etruria, Latium,
Umbria, Campania, Samnium and Picenum in order to consider the mental distances and the relative
closeness and distance, reflected in the regional and supraregional networks. I will also explore briefly
the effect of the background landscape had in forging contacts. In the analysis access will be shown to
be a key aspect and the different burial customs can be seen as shared in neighbouring areas areas that
demonstrate closeness. I will discuss the type of networks present during different periods and will
underline the importance of the Hellenistic period in forging local identities. I will also briefly compare
the results of the tomb distribution to those of inscriptions in different languages in the research area.









Workshop: The Archaeology of Pilgrimage

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

We were delighted to host a one-day workshop on pilgrimage in ancient Italy on Friday 23rd April 2021. Further information and details about the workshop programme can be found here.



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