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, January 19, 2021  at 17:30

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

Eóin O'Donoghue (University of St Andrews) 

This paper will consider the construction and representation of masculine identities in Etruria and northern Latium during the Archaic period (c.560–480 BCE). It is argued that Archaic central Italic society operated via a complex system of social and gender inequalities that revolved around the authority of groups of élite men. This system was maintained through the public and private performance of specific élite male activities and rituals and the consequent subjugation of non-élites. It is shown that a core component of central Italic society was the corresponding high status of élite women within this social framework, which complemented the status of élite men and provided élite women with considerable power and an elevated social status. This social framework draws on Raewyn Connell’s model of hegemonic masculinities and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s ideas relating to intersectionality. The evidence for this derives from a study of burial assemblages and iconographic representations. It includes the examination of gendered burials viz. Archaic period burial evidence from Chiusi, South Etruria, and Northern Latium. These are compared with the representation of gendered figural representations from tomb-paintings in Tarquinia and funerary reliefs from Chiusi, which in turn are contrasted with the public presentation of figural scenes on architectural terracottas from buildings from throughout central Italy.



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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