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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 2022-2023 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 Publication: special offer available until November 30th, 2022

Who do you think you are? Ethnicity in the Iron Age Mediterranean. 2022. Edited by Fabio Saccoccio and Elisa Vecchi

Recently Published

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


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


The Accordia Lectures 2022-23

The full programme for this year's Accordia Lectures can be found here. This year we are welcoming a return to normality and reverting to face-to-face lectures. For logistical reasons we are not able to hold the lectures in hybrid format. I appreciate that this will be a disappointment to our friends oversees (and in the UK) who joined us via Zoom during the pandemic period – and we  will miss you too.  However, we plan to organise a few events exclusively via Zoom during the academic year and I will keep you informed as these plans develop.

TUESDAY, January 17, 2023, at 17:30

Joint Lecture with the Institute of Classical Studies

Room G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1

Jessica Hughes (Open University)

Our Lady of the Ruins: the topography of devotion in 19th century Pompeii

In this lecture I will share some of my ongoing research on the Catholic shrine of Our Lady of the Blessed Rosary of Pompeii, which is one of the largest Marian pilgrimage sites in Italy. Founded in the 1870s just two hundred metres from the walls of the ancient city of Pompeii, this shrine presents a fascinating case-study of ‘cultural memory in action’, particularly in terms of how it builds on, and interacts with, earlier sites and monuments around the Valley. My paper will start by looking at some of the older Christian sites in the shrine’s vicinity, including the medieval church of SS. Salvatore near the Sarno river, and the small chapel that was set up in 1814 within the archaeological excavations. Drawing on theories of collective memory and Tim Ingold’s ‘anthropological archaeology of the line’, I will explore how the 19th-century shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii fits within this existing topography of devotion, and how the builders and supporters of the ‘New Pompeii’ drew on the buildings and traditions of the Valley’s past in order to ‘anchor’ their new place of worship within this richly-layered terrain.

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