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Ancient Literacy

The Tavoliere Project

Botromagno

Alto-Medio Polesine -Basso Veronese


Research Projects

Accordia is associated with a number of major research projects.  Some, such as the excavations at Gravina and the Alto-Medio Polesine -Basso Veronese Project, are now complete and published or in preparation; others are still in progress. Accordia also has two ongoing major research projects, both based at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL but organised in association with Accordia.

Literacy in Early Italy is funded by the AHRC and comprises two three-year projects, one of which is took place in 2003-5, while the other ran from 2005-2008.  The first project, Developmental Literacy in Early Italy, examines the role of incipient literacy in the formation of urban societies, and in the emergence of cultural identities in three areas of ancient Italy where local communities developed in contact with the Etruscans, the Western Greeks and the Romans. The three areas are Northwest Italy, Southeast Italy, and Northwest Italy. In association with this project, the 200304 series of Accordia seminars was based on the theme of The Establishment of Literacy in State Societies. The Ancient Mediterranean. A further seminar series, on the theme of Language, literacy and identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, took place in semester 2, 2005, and a third, on New Approaches to the Etruscans, took place from 2006-7.

The Tavoliere-Gargano prehistory project is funded by the British Academy, the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the National University of Ireland, Galway, and aims to investigate the relationships between the Tavoliere plain and the Gargano promontory in southeast Italy from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. 


Radiocarbon Dating and Italian Prehistory

In the current issue of Accordia Research Papers Robin Skeates publishes a fifth supplementary list of new radiocarbon dates to augment the complete date-list for Italian prehistory which appeared in Radiocarbon dating and Italian prehistory (Accordia Specialist Studies on Italy 3, Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 8, 1994). Here we renew our appeal to colleagues working in Italy and Malta to inform Dr Skeates of any new dates for inclusion in the future supplementary lists, which will continue to be published in future issues of ARP.


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