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

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 2021-22

The full programme for this year's Accordia Lectures can be found here. The final lecture in the series will take place in the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Room 209 (second floor). It will be followed by a small reception in Room 609 (sixth floor).

TUESDAY, May 10 at 17:30

Lorenzo Zamboni (University of Milan)
No Country for rich men? Exploring Urbanisation and non-elite societies in the Iron Age Po Valley


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Recent discoveries and studies have revealed evidence of an early and perhaps independent nucleation and centralisation process in the region south of the Alps. Beyond unidirectional developments, this led to a substantial broadening of our comprehension of the appearance of site agglomerations in northern Italy, by looking at possible cases of instability, ephemerality, and seasonality.

Yet previous archaeological research has placed excessive emphasis, I argue, on elites and high social ranks, overemphasising the role of a powerful ruling class who alone promoted and led the urbanisation process.
By adopting a comparative perspective, a more nuanced scenario could be suggested, disentangling a simplistic equation between urbanism and increasing social hierarchy. Alternative social actors will be considered, including merchants, commoners, and subaltern groups, exploring possible forms of collective cooperation and different strategies of wealth-sharing.