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 2022-2023 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 Publication: special offer available until November 30th, 2022

Who do you think you are? Ethnicity in the Iron Age Mediterranean. 2022. Edited by Fabio Saccoccio and Elisa Vecchi

Recently Published

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


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


The Accordia Lectures 2022-23

The full programme for this year's Accordia Lectures can be found here. This year we are welcoming a return to normality and reverting to face-to-face lectures. For logistical reasons we are not able to hold the lectures in hybrid format. I appreciate that this will be a disappointment to our friends oversees (and in the UK) who joined us via Zoom during the pandemic period – and we  will miss you too.  However, we plan to organise a few events exclusively via Zoom during the academic year and I will keep you informed as these plans develop.

TUESDAY, November 8, 2022, at 17:30

Joint Lecture with the Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Institute of Archaeology, Room 209 Gordon Square, London WC1

Wieke de Neef (Ghent University)

Neighbours in Bronze Age Italy: geophysical survey at Frattesina and other sites

This presentation evaluates the application of non-invasive geophysical techniques in the study of Bronze Age contexts. Although geophysical prospection has become widely used in archaeology in the past decades, its application to protohistoric contexts in Italy remains limited in comparison to historical sites. Non-invasive prospection on Bronze Age settlements encounters multiple challenges, including weak geophysical contrasts between archaeological features and natural soils, complicated (post-) depositional formation processes, accessibility, and palimpsest situations. Yet one of the biggest advantages of geophysical prospection in the study of domestic spaces is scale. Technological innovation in recent years allows geophysical surveys to cover larger areas and thus to explore not only single structures, but also the spaces between and around them. This opens up new avenues in the spatial analysis of protohistoric settlement and land use. I will discuss the variability of archaeological and geophysical contexts in terms of their detectability and potential for non-destructive settlement research. Themes that will be discussed are settlement layout, the identification of workshops and other functional areas, and estimating the community effort required for the construction of large structures. I will illustrate this with results of recent surveys at Frattesina (Veneto), Monte Croce Guardia, Montarice, Monte Primo (Marche), and Contrada Damale (Calabria).

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