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.
Neolithic Spaces (two volumes). 2020. Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse
Accordia Research Papers 15 Published 2019.
Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context. 2020. edited by Ruth Whitehouse
The Accordia Lectures 2020-21
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 and you will be sent the joining details of each lecture.
TUESDAY, May 25, 2021 at 17:30
Underwater archaeology in Sicily: a case study of in situ preservation
Rosanna Volpe (Museum of London Archaeology)
The basic idea of modern archaeology and museography requires analysis of the object, not only in its aesthetic, typological and technological characteristics but also in its environmental context, as a carrier of historical value. One such method used to focus on the context of the finds is the concept of preservation ‘in situ’, which is the result of multidisciplinary collaboration over many years. Preservation ‘in situ’ is about the understanding of ‘archaeofacts’ in the perspective of their historical reconstruction. However, its principal aim is protection against the dissemination of archaeological remains from their original context and this case study was a project of the first practical application of the legislation rules for the protection of heritage of coastal and submerged archaeological sites ratified by the 2001 UNESCO Convention.
The aims of this case study which was a collaboration between Prof. J. Green based in Australia and Prof. S. Tusa of Italy, was heritage promotion, virtual monitoring and community engagement and the prevention of looting and illegal trafficking. This would lay the foundation of base competences to be shared with other national and local scientific institutions. It tried to inspire and develop an attitude to heritage preservation within the local area, similar to the mindset of the British general public, in relation to volunteering, surveillance and awareness of their heritage. The project was seen as an ambitious application of management and monitoring of Underwater Cultural Heritage.
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.