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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


Special Offer – 25% off all Accordia books for EAA members until December 31st 2023

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

Neolithic Spaces (two volumes). 2020. Sue Hamilton and 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, May 23, 17.30 


Joint Lecture with the UCL Institute of Archaeology

Room 209, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1 London WC1

"Potter and clay endure": shedding light on South Italian red-figure pottery

Edward Herring, University of Galway 

South-Italian red-figure pottery has attracted scholarly attention for more than 200 years. The majority of the existing scholarship is of a stylistic nature, due in part to the antiquarian origins of the study of these vessels and the fact that the majority of the surviving vessels have no archaeological provenance, having been excavated in either antiquarian or illegal excavations.

This paper uses the large number of surviving vessels to act as a representative sample of the output of the ancient industries. A comparison of two industries, Apulian and Paestan, allows differences and similarities to be explored. Differing patterns in terms of the preferences for particular shapes and types of decoration through time are identified. These patterns represent production choices made by ancient potters and painters presumably to meet the expectations and preferences of their customers.

                      Obverse of a Paestan bell-krater, signed by Python, British Museum (BM F149) 

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