Ancient Odysseys
is the cute pet dinosaur 

of Marisa Rodriguez

I'm Marisa Rodriguez and I'm the proud founder of Ancient Odysseys-a site devoted to helping people find paleontology and archaeology digs around the world. I developed the idea for Ancient Odysseys to share my love of digs and to make it easy for others to enjoy the thrill I've experienced discovering fossils and artifacts.


A brief history of time

It all started in 2012 when I decided to search for a dig on which to volunteer. I scoured the internet and didn't find too many options, which was discouraging. Finally, I was lucky enough to apply for, and get accepted to participate in a dinosaur dig in Wyoming. The team of paleontologists and volunteers I joined were working to uncover a Triceratops that was weathering out of the grasslands. After spending five days in the sweltering 100-degree heat and 35 mile-an-hour winds, I was hooked. Brow horns, jaw bones, leg bones, teeth, ribs and even the frill were slowly extracted from the earth. Amazingly, the team was touching a creature that hadn't seen the light of day for 65 million years. I felt both awed and incredibly lucky to have had this experience.

A few years passed and my yearly digs during the summer field season continued. A Hadrosaur here, another Triceratops there and even a Neanderthal dig in Spain made me realize this was more than a passing interest. To feed my curiosity, I decided to become a volunteer fossil preparator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle to learn how to properly prepare the fossils for research and exhibition.

Ancient Odysseys is hatched


As I began to regale friends and family with stories of my adventures, I realized that most people were astonished to hear that a non-scientist could participate in actual excavations. These dig opportunities just weren't that easy to find. I really wanted a way to help people like myself find digs more easily. So, launching Ancient Odysseys became not only my goal, but my passion.

How we want to influence the future of paleontology and archaeology

In time, Ancient Odysseys will grow and I'll be adding more paleontological and archaeological dig opportunities from around the world. My goal is to introduce as many citizen scientists as I can to the thrilling experience of working on digs and excavations. The more fossils and artifacts that adults and kids help to find, the more scientists can help us understand the world in which we live. Everybody wins!

Thanks for joining in on my quest for discovery. I hope you enjoy what you've found and please reach out with ideas, contacts or to give us your thoughts.

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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.

Thanks for contacting us!