This is the Finding the Familiar archaeology mailing list for research support and identification queries for colleagues working on artefacts dating from c.1750-c.1950. The mailing list grew out of the first 'Finding the Familiar' workshop, held in Sheffield in early 2009, and organised by Claire Coulter and Sheffield University's former ARCUS unit. The list aims to help redress a gap in specialist knowledge as more and more academic, commercial, and government-based colleagues work on sites dating from the more recent past. While some specialists are working on ceramics and glass from the relevant period, finding information on other types of finds is often difficult (and Google searches are not always reliable). The list welcomes queries on all artefacts from the relevant period, and any related issues. Announcements on future Finding the Familiar workshops will also be posted here. While we welcome members from all regions of the world, we want the list to focus on supporting colleagues working in the UK and Ireland as relevant support is already available in North America and Australasia. Images are an integral part of identification - but please don't attach images to e-mails sent to the list! We want to avoid bombarding colleagues with large attachments that might crash their inbox. Instead of using attachments, you may post images to the Finding the Familiar Photobucket account we've set up for the list. Photobucket is a free on-line image storage service that automatically generates URL addresses (web links) for images posted there. This makes it easy to simply post an image to the Photobucket account, and then provide a URL to the image in your e-mail. There is a link to the page just below this introduction (in the blue text!). The list user name is 'FindingTheFamiliar'; the password is 'findingfamiliar. From there, it should be obvious how to load up an image. If you have any further questions about the list, please contact list moderator Alasdair Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope you find the Finding the Familiar mailing list to be a useful resource!