Ancient Artworks was started in 2019 by lifelong Fossil hunter and preparator Joseph Branin. After attending a local fossil show near where he grew up, Joseph discovered a fascinating hobby and stumbled into a unique career. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to travel the United States and the world to discover and prepare fossils, working in such famous localitites as the Solnhofen Limestone, Jurassic coast, and Green River Formation. Trained by some of the best in the industry, Joseph spent his teenage years volunteering with scientific dig sites in Florida and traveling on digs across the US, excavating and preparing a variety of fossils in many different environments. Starting in highschool and going into college, he became interested in early coinage and began building the skills and knowlege to identify and authenticate early coins and antiquities, attending Youth Numismatists workshops in Colorado. Joseph graduated from the USF school of Arts & Sciences with a Geology degree in Fall 2018, completing undergraduate research through the Honors College on campus as well in vulture evolution. Since then he has devoted his time to learning more advanced microscope preparation, fossil preservation, restoration, and display mounting of major specimens. Most fossils on this website are found and prepared by Joseph, putting years worth of skills to work to create stunning fossil displays. Please take a look at some of our inventory, contact us for fossil preparation services, or catch us at upcoming shows!