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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 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.

____________________________________________________________________________________Forthcoming Events

TUESDAY February 11 2020  at 18:00

Rock-cut tombs and the reproduction of locality:

new research on the Sicilian Bronze and Iron Ages

Robert Leighton, University of Edinburgh

Joint Lecture with the UCL Institute of Archaeology






TUESDAY March 17 2020  at 17:30

Toxic tombs with hegemonic husbands: reconsidering masculine identity in Archaic central Italy

Eóin O'Donoghue, University of St Andrews

Joint Lecture with the Institute of Classical Studies

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



Call for Papers

Workshop on the Archaeology of Pilgrimage in Ancient Italy

Friday 24th April 2020, Room 349 Senate House London

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

Details about the workshop and on how to submit a proposal can be found here.



Recent and forthcoming publications:

Accordia Research Papers 15   Published 2019.

Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context. Being prepared for publication. 

Social and Sensory Landscapes of northern Puglia. Being prepared for publication.


This talk concerns the archaeology of place and memory from the standpoint of research in southeast Sicily on large cemeteries of chamber tombs cut out of the rock, dating from the Early Bronze Age to the Iron Age (circa 2200-600 BC). Burials of this kind were integral to the configuration of major settlements over a long time period and are a distinctive feature of Sicilian cultural landscapes. In particular, the rock- cut tombs at Pantalica and Cassibile are discussed in relation to terrain and settlement layout based partly on survey work by the speaker. The talk explores aspects of spatial organization and funerary practices, while drawing attention to settlements as structured environments with complex ritual geographies.