Obsidian Hydration Dating
Origer's Obsidian Lab
at the microscope
Tom is engaged in archaeological obsidian hydration research and commercial hydration
band measurement as Origer's Obsidian Laboratory (OOL). The staff includes
technicians who prepare and measure bands on thin sections, manage data,
and engage in induced hydration and other
experiments. Currently, we have
four microscopes dedicated to obsidian research and two pressure reactors
inducing hydration. Research is guided in part by a focus group consisting
of Dave Fredrickson, Tom Origer, Janine Loyd, Ted Jones, Sue-Ann Schroder,
Eileen Barrow and others who meet on an occasional basis.
We do negotiate rates for very large projects and for those related
strictly to limited or non-funded research.
We support the Society for California Archaeology's James A. Bennyhoff
Memorial Fund Award through donation of hydration services, and we will
continue to offer hydration services as a Silent Auction item at future
Annual Meetings of the Society for California Archaeology.
- Rates for obsidian hydration analysis:
1-24 specimens $17.50 each
25-99 specimens $15.00 each
>100 specimens $13.00 each
Special, reduced rates are available for academic research with limited funding
(e.g. thesis/dissertation research).
- Please call for details.
can be provided in some cases, please call if you are interested in a quick