HSS is a Subcommission, formally established as a Task Group by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in 2011, with an initial administrative Board of Management being appointed at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane for the period 2012-2016.
HSS had earlier origins in 2008 as a project within Commission (C-10) – Building Stones and Ornamental Rocks of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG C-10) that was recognized at its meeting during the 33rd International Geological Congress in Oslo, Norway.
The objectives of HSS are:
- To facilitate formal designation of natural stones that have achieved widespread recognition in human culture (i.e. heritage stones).
- To create the “Global Heritage Stone Resource” (GHSR) as an internationally recognized heritage stone designation.
- To promote the adoption and use of heritage stone designation by international and national authorities.
At present, there are 101 HSS active correspondents from 50 countries.
HSS leaders the UNESCO IGCP-637: Heritage Stones Designations: http://globalheritagestone.com/igcp-637/