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Obsidian Cliff, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming -
one of the United States' premier prehistoric sources of obsidian.

International Association for Obsidian Studies

Welcome to the International Association for Obsidian Studies (IAOS) home page. From here, you can find out about the IAOS and explore technical information related to obsidian characterization ("sourcing") studies and obsidian hydration dating methods.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF OBSIDIAN STUDIES: Edited by Carolyn Dillian, this volume of selected readings from the IAOS Bulletin is now available for online ordering at $10 per copy (plus postage). Click HERE for a sample and all the details on how to instantly order your copy.

IAOS BULLETIN 51 (SUMMER 2014) IS NOW OUT: All issues of the IAOS Bulletin are now available for downloading as searchable Adobe Acrobat documents. Point, click, and print to complete your library.

SFU ARCHAEOLOGY XRF LAB: The Simon Fraser University Department of Archaeology XRF Lab is now up-and-running. For more information, click HERE.

WILLAMETTE ANALYTICS OBSIDIAN HYDRATION LABORATORY: The obsidian hydration laboratory that was formerly part of Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory is now the newest independent hydration analysis lab. Click HERE for the details.

THE IAOS PDF LIBRARY: We've begun to assemble an ever-expanding collection of obsidian-related full-text articles, reports, monographs, papers, theses, and dissertations, all in searchable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. If you have PDF's that you'd like to contribute to the new PDF library, we would very much like to hear from you! To add a reference to the library, simply send an email to cskinner@obsidianlab.com, write "IAOS LIBRARY" in the subject line of the email, and attach the PDF's that you'd like to contribute. Latest additions: 11/02/2014.

A BLAST FROM THE IAOS PAST: I recently ran across a copy of the IAOS Obsidian Bibliography from 1993. This was a freebie for all IAOS members at the time and was our one and only IAOS Occasional Paper. To download a copy of this now charmingly obsolete pre-WWW research tool, head over to the IAOS online library and look for Skinner and Tremaine (1993).

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES ONLINE: We have a recently-updated membership payment option that is run through PayPal. Click HERE for the details.


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