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, December 7, 2021  at 17:30

Accordia Anniversary Lecture 

Guy Bradley (University of Cardiff)

Early Rome within the Archaic Mediterranean: mobility and identity









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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Recent studies have shown how our conception of early Roman history is deeply conditioned by the nationalist outlook of earlier work. This perspective tends to divorce Rome from its environment, emphasising its inevitable expansion and its cultural and political unity. Much of our evidence contradicts this overly simplistic picture, revealing the incomplete nature of the Roman state’s monopoly on war and colonisation in the early Republic, the importance of mobility within central Italy, and the role of the western Mediterranean networks to which Rome belonged. Initially in the early Republic Rome can be regarded as a something of a ‘secessionary state’, where multiple types of migratory movements affect its population, most of which don’t fit into late Republican categories. This paper will explore some of this evidence, and consider its implications for our view of the early Roman state and for Roman identity. I will argue that the growth of the Roman state is a gradual process, and just as the state comes slowly to monopolise war, so it comes incrementally to monopolise mass movement.


Revetment plaque from Sant’Omobono temple

Revetment plaque from Sant’Omobono temple