The Ancient Literacy website is dedicated to the study of the development of alphabetic writing and literacy in early Italy.  It is the website of a research group comprising Ruth Whitehouse (UCL), John Wilkins (Accordia Research Institute) and Kathryn Lomas (UCL) and is part of two inter-linked research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Developmental  Literacy and the Establishment of Regional Identity in Italy (2002-2005), which examines written documents from three regions of Italy, is now nearing completion.  The new project, Etruscan Literacy in its Socio-Cultural Context, will examine the uses of writing in Etruria and central Italy , and will begin in November 2005.

The website includes the following elements:

  • Details of the project aims and methodology.
  • Events linked with the project
  • Useful links for the study of literacy
  • Project news

In the long term, the site will host a searchable catalogue of inscriptions from the regions studied.



Etruscan Literacy:  We are please to announce that the AHRC has awarded a 3-year grant to support research into literacy in Etruria. 


Etruscans by Definition: A Etruscan study day at the British Museum, in honour of Sybille Haynes.

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