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

New publications 

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

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Recent publications

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. 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 accresearch20@gmail.com and you will be sent the joining details of each lecture.

TUESDAY, January 25  at 17:30

Giulia Recchia, Sapienza University of Rome

Activities, Spaces and Social Organisation at the Bronze Age fortified settlement of Coppa Nevigata, southern Italy


*note this was originally scheduled for 18 January, but will now take place a week later, on 25 January





















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.



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The Bronze Age fortified settlement of Coppa Nevigata, in northern Apulia, lay on the shore of an ancient lagoon, now reclaimed, connecting it to the Adriatic Sea. The site was discovered in the early 1900s; ongoing systematic excavations began in the 1960s, making it one of the most extensively explored sites in Italy. The site was firstly occupied in the Neolithic when a ditched village was established there. In the Bronze Age a very long-lasting settlement flourished that was continuously occupied for over one millennium (18th – 8th centuries BC); this was well integrated into the maritime exchange networks operating in the eastern Adriatic and the Aegean. A distinct feature of the settlement is the complex defensive system that was rebuilt and reshaped several times. The spatial organisation of the habitation also changed significantly through time due to socio-economic transformations of the resident community.

Interdisciplinary studies have shed light on different socio-economic aspects of Coppa Nevigata and the dynamics of the surrounding environment(s), from subsistence economy strategies to the technology and organisation of production and the development of specialised activities. Since the late 1990s spatial distribution analyses integrating diverse sources of data (artefacts, ecofacts, characteristics of the deposits etc.) have been carried out in order to explore the patterns of use of the spaces at the settlement and understand social patterns of behaviour. In this presentation I will particularly focus on the settlement organisation across the various phases of the Bronze Age and discuss the changing social patterns of behaviour reflected in the archaeological record, seen against the background of wider changes occurring in the 2nd millennium BC central Mediterranean.