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.
IAOS BULLETIN 64 IS OUT: All issues of the IAOS Bulletin are available for downloading as searchable Adobe Acrobat documents and single back issues can be downloaded using the drop-down menu below. And don't forget that a cumulative and searchable PDF of all IAOS Bulletin issues is also available in the Member's Lounge.
VOLUNTEER IAOS OPPORTUNITIES: After 25 years as the IAOS Webmaster, I (Craig Skinner) am retiring at the end of this year. If you would like to get involved with the IAOS management team, have some basic background in web page development and HTML coding, this could be just the volunteer experience that you've been looking for. We'll also be moving the website to a new dedicated domain and you'll have plenty of help getting up to speed.
But wait, there's more. I've also been looking after the IAOS World Obsidian Source Catalog and this job will likewise come up vacant at the same time. If you're interested in more information about either position, please get in touch with me directly at "obsidianlabatgmail.com".
PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE - 2021 INTERNATIONAL OBSIDIAN CONFERENCE: Due to the threat of COVID-19 and the cancellation of University of California-Berkeley in-person gatherings, the date of the 2021 International Obsidian Conference (IOC) has been changed from April 10-13 to APRIL 30-MAY 2, 2021. Hosted by the International Association for Obsidian Studies (IAOS), the Archaeological Research Facility (ARF), and Far Western Anthropological Research Group (FW), this event is now virtual and free for participants and attendees. Updated details are HERE.
SAA CANCELS 85th ANNUAL MEETING: The Society for American Archaeology 2020 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, has been cancelled. The IAOS Annual Meeting, held during the SAA Annual Meeting, was put on hold until next year and was substituted this year by an executive board meeting via Zoom. For a copy of the minutes, click HERE.
THE IAOS PDF LIBRARY: We're assembling a collection of obsidian-related theses and dissertations, all in searchable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. If you have a thesis or dissertation that you'd like to contribute, we would very much like to hear from you. To add a reference to the library, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, write "IAOS LIBRARY" in the subject line of the email, and attach the PDF that you'd like to contribute.
IAOS BULLETIN INDEX: We've recently added a separate index to all articles published in the IAOS Bulletin. To have a look, click HERE.
IAOS SOURCE CATALOG REVIEWERS ARE NEEDED: While we continue to maintain the IAOS World Obsidian Source Catalog, our knowledge of obsidian sources outside of the United States and Canada is sometimes incomplete or inaccurate. We would like to invite any regional obsidian source specialists to have a look at the Source Catalog and get back to us (see the email address above) if you spot any problems. We'll be happy to acknowledge your participation and we'd like to thank Dr. Maria Victoria Fernandez for her help in sorting out sources in Patagonia (Argentina and Chile), South America.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF OBSIDIAN STUDIES: Edited by Carolyn Dillian, this volume of selected readings from the IAOS Bulletin is still 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. For a review (PDF) of the book, click HERE.
IAOS EXTRAS: Be sure to have a look at the IAOS Extras page for some obsidian-related tools and resources that fall into their own unique category. These include several obsidian hydration-related tools and documents put together by Sandy Rogers and, most recently, a spreadsheet listing of obsidian-related references assembled by Chris Lloyd (updated 06-12-2019). This reference spreadsheet now contains over 5,000 literature references. The collection of references has now been ported to Zotero, an online searchable research tool, by Nicholas Tripcevich.
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