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Welcome to the Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory website. We offer a variety of different analytical services related to obsidian artifact trace element provenance ("sourcing") studies and obsidian source studies, primarily in the context of archaeological research. This website describes our services and provides methodological and source information that supplements and supports our contract investigations and research interests.

THE XRF LAB IS OPEN: As of August 1st, 2014, the XRF lab is once again open for business and research. Click HERE for everything that you'll need to know.

LOOKING FOR OBSIDIAN HYDRATION SERVICES?: Our former obsidian hydration laboratory is now Willamette Analytics. New name, new website, new address, and same experienced hydration analyst!

UPCOMING WEBSITE MAKEOVER: You may have noticed that the lab website has been pretty static lately and that we've been woefully slow to update some sections. Truth is, we've been exceptionally busy over the last year. Plans for 2014 and early 2015 include some serious website restructuring and restoration.

EXPANDED ONLINE OBSIDIAN SOURCE RESOURCES: As time allows, we've been gradually expanding the source descriptive and literature reference information at the U.S. Obsidian Source Catalog. This project is still rough around the edges but you can see where we're going with it by looking at the SOURCE INFORMATION menu located to the left. Click HERE for more information.

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT: We just celebrated 19 years as Northwest Research and the continued success of a small analytical laboratory like ours would simply not have been possible without the help and interest of a lot of different people over the years. For all of you that have helped along the way ... thanks!.

UPDATED DOWNLOADS: We've reorganized the lab downloads and have relocated most of the obsidian-related articles, reports, theses, and dissertations to the new IAOS PDF Library. Our standard lab forms and sample reports can still be found HERE.


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Last Updated: 09/02/2014
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