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Who's Who at Accordia

The key people involved in the foundation, development and current running of Accordia are listed below, together with contact details and research interests and role in Accordia.  Many more people than this have been involved in helping out over the years and in collaborating on Accordia research programmes and publications.  If anyone who has been involved in Accordia or a related research project would like their details or a link to their own web pages added to our list of associates (subject to Editorial approval), please contact us and let us have the relevant details.

Dr John Wilkins, FSA

WilkinsDirector of Accordia, founded Accordia while he was Head of the Department of Mediterranean Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and is to be credited with / blamed for the original acronymic title! Originally a blue-blooded classical scholar from Kings College, Cambridge, he worked with John Chadwick on Mycenaean. He went to Rome as Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, originally to work with Massimo Pallotino on Etruscan, where however John Ward-Perkins, the then Director of BSR, 'introduced' him to archaeology by enlisting him, in the military sense, on the School's excavation at Veii. This 'forced labour' was the original cause of his migration into archaeology, and his work has been inter-disciplinary since that time. His principal research interest is the development of pre-Roman Italy. He is an expert in the pre-roman languages of Italy, and is particularly interested in the sociolinguistic landscape of early Italy. He was co-Director (with Ruth Whitehouse) of the Botromagno excavation, and (with Armando de Guio and Ruth Whitehouse) of the Alto-Medio Polesine - Basso Veronese field survey. He is currently co-Director (with Ruth Whitehouse) of two successive AHRB-funded research Projects (into Developmental Literacy and the Establishment of Regional and State Identity in early Italy, and Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context, 8th - 5th centuries BC ) both based at the Institute of Archaeology UCL.

Contact Details:  Accordia Research Institute, c/o Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.  Email:

Professor Ruth Whitehouse, FSA

WhitehouseFounder Member of Accordia,  Member of Editorial Committee
Ruth Whitehouse is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology UCL. She has published books and articles on Italian prehistory, prehistoric ritual and religion, gender archaeology and, most recently, on early writing in Italy. She has jointly directed a number of field projects in Italy and Menorca, including the Botromagno excavation, and the Alto-Medio Polesine - Basso Veronese project. She is currently joint director (with Sue Hamilton) of the Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project. She is also Co-Director (with John Wilkins) of two successive AHRC-funded projects investigating early writing and literacy in Italy (Developmental Literacy and the Establishment of Regional and State Identity in early Italy, and Etruscan Literacy in its Social Context, 8th - 5th centuries BC ), both based at the Institute of Archaeology UCL. 

Contact Details:  Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0P.

Professor Michael Edwards

Prof. M.J. EdwardsFounder Member of Accordia:  Michael Edwards is Professor of Classics at Queen Mary College, University of London and is currently on a secondment as Director of the Institute of Classical Studies. His research centres on classical Greek oratory and rhetoric. He has written a number of books and articles on the Attic Orators, including commentaries on speeches of Antiphon, Andocides, and Lysias, and a translation of the speeches of Isaeus for the University of Texas series. Currently he is preparing a text of Isaeus and co-editing a source book for early Greek rhetoric. Other areas of interest include classical literary criticism, biography, and later Latin.

Contact Details:  Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Dr Edward Herring, FSA

Dr Edward HerringSenior Research Fellow, member of Editorial Committee and Founder Member of Accordia

Dr Edward Herring is Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also holds a Senior Lectureship in Classical Archaeology at the same institution. He has published extensively on Iron Age and Classical south Italy, and in particular on the relations between the Greek, Roman and native (Italic) populations. This has led him to a wider interest in identity in the ancient world. He has worked on excavations and field surveys in the Western Mediterranean for more than 25 years, notably on an Iron Age to Roman Republican site at Botromagno, Gravina di Puglia (BA), south Italy, on a multi-period field survey in the Po plain (Progetto Alto-Medio Polesine Basso Veronese), and most recently on a multi-period survey based in the Tavoliere and Gargano areas of northern Puglia, south Italy.

He serves on several national committees in the Republic of Ireland. As well as being one of the editors of Accordia Research Papers, he sits on the editorial board of Classics Ireland. In 2006, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Contact details: College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, University Road, Galway, Republic of Ireland.

Dr Kathryn Lomas, FSA

Senior Research Fellow and member of Editorial Committee:  Dr Kathryn Lomas is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology at UCL.  Her primary research interests are in the archaeology and history of Italy and western Mediterranean from the Early Iron Age to the end of the Roman Republic.  She has particular research interests in the urbanisation of the western Mediterranean and in issues of ethnic identity and culture-contact, and she has published widely on these themes.  She is currently engaged on a major research project funded by the AHRC, and based at UCL, to investigate developmental literacy in ancient Italy, and its cultural and social contexts.  She serves on the national council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2007.

Contact Details:  Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.


Mike Seager Thomas

Seager ThomasResearch Fellow:  Mike Seager Thomas is a principal team member on the Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project. He is also a typesetter/editor with Accordia publications. He studied archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology UCL between 1993 and 1996, and has been a full-time professional archaeologist ever since - first as an excavator for various commercial field units, and later as a finds specialist and a freelance field-supervisor/director. His particular interests include the study (macroscopic) of excavated soils and sediments, stone finds, archaeology and the landscape and British prehistoric pottery. Recent major projects in which he has been involved at a senior level include the excavation for the Sussex Archaeological Society of Norton Iron Age settlement, the analysis of the prehistoric pottery from the Lea Valley 2012 Olympics excavations (for Pre-Construct Archaeology), and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL/ University of Manchester, Easter Island Landscapes of Construction project. He has also worked on field projects in Wales, Ireland, France and Israel.

Contact: Mike Seager Thomas, Artefact Services, Lewes, Sussex.

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