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.
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 2020-21
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. If the situation changes at any stage in the New Year, we will try to return to ‘real’ lectures in real lecture rooms. In the meantime, if you wish to attend on Zoom, please email Professor Ruth Whitehouse at and you will be sent the joining details of each lecture.
TUESDAY, May 11, 2021 at 17:30
The relics that made Roman: a mythological-material approach to Rome’s legendary sacred objects, the pignora imperii
Eva Mol (University College London)
In this Accordia lecture I will address an extremely particular set of objects that we know from Roman history: The so-called pignora imperii (‘pledges of rule’), objects that according to Roman legend would safeguard the future and eternity of the Roman Empire. They however, were also important means to explain their past, common heritage, and were vital agents in religious rituals and human-divine relationships. How can objects protect the future? Were there particularities in the designs and perception of the objects that could present the pignora imperii with teleological or future power? For the lecture, I will explore one of the pignora in particular: the shield of Mars, and contextualise its materiality in mythical, linear, and cyclical time scales. Through this case study, I wish to discuss what we can learn about Roman aspects of time, myth and imagination in connection to objects and (early) Roman identity.
Banded agate scarab depicting two Roman salii, inscription. appius alce. Late 4th-early 3rd century BC
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.