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.




New and forthcoming publications:

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

Accordia Research Papers 15   Published 2019.

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


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


TUESDAY, October 20 2020  at 17:30

Who can I be now? Creating community identities in pre-Roman Italy

Edward Herring, National University of Ireland Galway

This lecture investigates the understanding of community identities in Italy in

first millennium BC. Through a series of case-studies, mostly drawn from

Southern and Central Italy, it seeks to interrogate: the definition of groups

as “peoples” or “tribes” and the assumption of an ethnic-basis to community

identities; the construction of group- and site-level identities; the problem of

being reliant upon outsiders’ perspectives, such as those of Greek and Roman

writers, on group identities; the behaviour of groups within the historical

sources as political actors rather than cultural entities; wherein lay the

principal locus of identity – the “tribal” level or that of the individual community; and the relationship between tribal or group names and material culture patterning. It is argued that community identities were always a construction that oftentimes involved the active selection or deselection of elements from a community’s heritage and history, and that this is not always sufficiently acknowledged by scholarship.



Forthcoming Workshop

Workshop on the Archaeology of Pilgrimage in Ancient Italy

Friday 23rd April 2021, 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.



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