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Welcome to
Ancient Odysseys®

a website devoted to helping people find paleontology and archaeology digs
around the world. 

The badlands where many dinosaur fossils are found in the US
Marisa Rodriguez, Founder of Ancient Odysseys at work in the field

Ancient Odysseys is the brainchild of Marisa Rodriguez, founder and citizen scientist. I developed the idea for Ancient Odysseys to make it easier for travelers to join research-based paleontology and archaeology digs and work right alongside the scientists themselves. 


How my passion turned

into a mission

It all started in 2012 when, with no experience whatsoever, I joined a dinosaur dig in Wyoming. Braving the 100-degree heat and 35 mile-an-hour winds, I helped to unearth the horns, jaw, legs and frill of a Triceratops, a creature that hadn’t seen the light of day for 65 million years. It was thrilling. 

As the years went on, the fun continued. I worked on a Hadrosaur here, an Ankylosaur there and even joined a Neanderthal dig in Spain. 

The excitement I felt working every day was matched by the sense of fulfillment that I was doing something that benefited science. And the more I told others about my adventures, the more I heard how many people had a lifelong dream of going on a dig.  

As a citizen scientist, you can have fun and make a difference


By joining a dig, you not only help scientists with the actual excavation work, but your dig fees fund the important work being done by these researchers now and into the future.

How we want to influence
the future of
paleontology and archaeology


Ancient Odysseys’ reach continues to expand, and we are always talking to new scientists and adding new digs on a regular basis—some of which have never been available before. 

We hope you are inspired to join an excavation on your next vacation. Dig into the Adventure with Ancient Odysseys and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about new digs. 

DInosaur digs to experience
Whether you want to ask about a dig, send a testimonial or talk to us about including your
location on Ancient Odysseys, we'd love to hear from you.

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