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This article is about the quest. For the location east of Varrock, see Digsite.
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Instruction manual
This quest has a quick guide found here.
It briefly summarises the steps needed to complete the quest.


Details

Start point Quest point icon Talk to an examiner in the Exam Centre south of the digsite.
Official difficulty Intermediate
Description Feeling uneducated? Desperate for buried treasure?

"There's gold in them there hills" (well stream actually) as well as many other items that can be found at the digsite. Join the students in their attempt to be a qualified archaeologist, and become experienced in making the earth move!

Have you got what it takes to unearth the hidden altar to one of RuneScape's lesser-known Gods?

Length Long
Requirements
Items required

Recommended:

Enemies to defeat None

Walkthrough

The first exam

Items required: A Varrock teleport, and energy potions (both optional but recommended).

Examiner 1 chathead
Varrock Museum location map

Location of Curator Haig Halen

Go to the Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre, south of the Link to Digsite Digsite. Talk to an Examiner 1 chathead Examiner and ask her about taking an exam to be eligible to do work on the Digsite. She will then give you an unstamped letter. Teleport or travel to the Varrock Museum and hand this letter to Chat head image of Curator Haig Halen, File:Curator Haig Halen chathead.png Curator Haig Halen in the Link to Varrock Museum Varrock Museum. If you do not have a Item image of %7B%7B%3ACup+of+tea%7D%7D, File:Cup of tea.png Cup of tea at this point, you can steal one from the tea stall nearby before going back to the Exam Centre. After he adds his seal to the letter, return to the Exam Centre and speak to an Examiner again who will then give you a level 1 test.

No matter what you answer on the test, you will get all three questions wrong. You must get answers from students in the Link to digsite digsite. Each student has lost one item and will give you the answer when they get it back.

The study group

Items required: A cup of tea.

There are 3 students in the Link to Digsite Digsite who can help you with the exam answers. They will give you the answers only if you find a lost item of theirs. You do not have to write down the answers, as they are listed below.

Note: You can obtain the 'special' items listed below before talking to the students.
The Dig Site

This is the location of the three students, two winches, and the dig.

The Digsite map
  1. Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre
  2. Item image of %7B%7B%3ATeddy%7D%7D, File:Teddy.png Teddy and a nearby Digsite workman 1 chathead Digsite workman
  3. Digsite workmen
  4. Item image of %7B%7B%3APanning+tray%7D%7D, File:Panning tray.png Panning tray
  5. Panning spot

Teddy

Teddy detail
Teddy bear location

Teddy bear location

From the Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre, walk a little way north towards the digsite until you come to two wooden walkways. Follow the eastern walkway to the top of the small hill and search the bushes near the large urn which has a blue pattern on. One of the bushes has the Item image of %7B%7B%3Ateddy%7D%7D, File:teddy.png teddy bear in it. Once found, return it to a female student found in the northwestern section of the Digsite to get the first answer. She is blonde and is wearing all purple.

(Teddy bear is located in the bush just to the right of the highlighted one)

Note: To speed things up a bit Link to Thieving#Pickpocketing pickpocket the Digsite workman 1 chathead Digsite workman near the walkway until you receive an Item image of %7B%7B%3Aanimal+skull%7D%7D, File:animal skull.png animal skull and Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecimen+brush%7D%7D, File:specimen brush.png specimen brush.

Animal skull

Animal skull detail

The second student is found in the southern section of the Digsite. He has blonde hair and is wearing a green shirt. To find his lost item, "steal-from" Digsite workman 1 chathead Digsite workmen until you get an Item image of %7B%7B%3Aanimal+skull%7D%7D, File:animal skull.png animal skull. Return it to the student, and give him his lost item to get the second answer. If you obtain a Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecimen+brush%7D%7D, File:specimen brush.png specimen brush, keep it; you'll need it later in the quest.

Special cup

Special cup detail
The Digsite 2

The player, panning.

The last student is found on the eastern section of the Digsite. He is wearing an orange shirt, with short black hair and darker skin. After speaking to him, you find out he lost his Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecial+cup%7D%7D, File:special cup.png special cup. Go to the southeastern side of Digsite. First, find a Item image of %7B%7B%3Apanning+tray%7D%7D, File:panning tray.png panning tray from inside the tent near the panning point in the river. Then try to pan with it. The Chat head image of panning guide, File:panning guide chathead.png panning guide will stop you and ask for a Item image of %7B%7B%3Acup+of+tea%7D%7D, File:cup of tea.png cup of tea, give it to him. Then, pan in the river until you get the Special cup. If you get an Item image of %7B%7B%3Auncut+opal%7D%7D, File:uncut opal.png uncut opal, keep it, as you'll need one later on. Once you have found the Special cup, return it to him.

Note: You can receive both Item image of %7B%7B%3Auncut+jade%7D%7D, File:uncut jade.png uncut jades and Item image of %7B%7B%3Auncut+opal%7D%7D, File:uncut opal.png uncut opals while panning. Make sure to obtain an opal if you do not have one for the next step.

Retaking the exams

Items required: An opal (cut or uncut).

Note: If the correct answer is not present in the selection given, you must have missed talking to a student. Check the quest log to find out which one, speak to them, and then try again.

Level 1

The Digsite 3

The first certificate.

After helping out all three students, return to the Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre and speak to an Examiner. Speak to her to retake the exam. To pass it, use the answers that the students gave you:

  1. Can you tell me what Earth Sciences is? - The study of the earth, its contents and history.
  2. Can you tell me which people are allowed to use the digsite? - All that have passed the appropriate Earth Sciences exam.
  3. Can you tell me the proper safety points when working on a digsite? - Gloves and boots to be worn at all times; proper tools must be used.

If done correctly, players will receive a Item image of %7B%7B%3ALevel+1+certificate%7D%7D, File:Level 1 certificate.png Level 1 certificate and a Item image of %7B%7B%3Atrowel%7D%7D, File:trowel.png trowel.

Level 2

The Digsite 4

The second certificate.

To pass the level 2 test, you speak to the three students again to get the answers and return to the Examiner. The questions and answers are:

  1. Can you tell me how we transport samples? - Samples taken in rough form; kept only in sealed containers.
  2. What is the proper way to handle finds? - Finds must be carefully handled, and gloves worn.
  3. Can you tell me the proper use for a rock pick? - Always handle with care; strike cleanly on its cleaving point.

Upon passing, players receive a Item image of %7B%7B%3ALevel+2+certificate%7D%7D, File:Level 2 certificate.png Level 2 certificate.

Level 3

The Digsite 5

The third certificate.

To pass the level 3 test, speak to the three students again to obtain the answers. However, the female student will want an Item image of %7B%7B%3Auncut+opal%7D%7D, File:uncut opal.png uncut opal or Item image of %7B%7B%3Aopal%7D%7D, File:opal.png opal for her help this time. Pan in the river for one if you did not receive it when you were looking for the special cup. Return to the examiner and take the last test:

  1. Can you tell me how we prepare samples? - Samples cleaned, and carried only in specimen jars.
  2. What is the proper way to use a specimen brush? - Brush carefully and slowly using short strokes.
  3. Can you describe the technique for handling bones? - Handle bones very carefully and keep them away from other samples.

Upon passing, players receive a Item image of %7B%7B%3ALevel+3+certificate%7D%7D, File:Level 3 certificate.png Level 3 certificate and permission to dig in all levels.

Ancient talisman

Items required: A trowel, a specimen brush, and a specimen jar.

Ancient talisman detail

Grab a Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecimen+jar%7D%7D, File:specimen jar.png specimen jar from the south wall in the cupboard inside the Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre. If there is no Search option, speak to the Archaeological Expert about the tools then search the cupboard again.Then, head back to the Digsite, and pickpocket workmen until you get a Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecimen+brush%7D%7D, File:specimen brush.png specimen brush if you haven't got one already.

The Digsite 6

The level 3 digsite.

Dig in the north-eastern most dig site, the sign will read "Level 3 digs only." Use your Item image of %7B%7B%3Atrowel%7D%7D, File:trowel.png trowel on the soil until you find an Item image of %7B%7B%3Aancient+talisman%7D%7D, File:ancient talisman.png ancient talisman. This often takes many tries and can easily take several minutes to find. When you find the talisman, a message will be displayed in your chat, so you are very unlikely to miss the drop. Once you have the talisman, take it to the Archaeological expert in the Exam Centre. He will say that it's a talisman of Link to Zaros Zaros and is impressed. Then, he will give you an Item image of %7B%7B%3Ainvitation+letter%7D%7D, File:invitation letter.png invitation letter, which must be shown to workers to get permission to go down the boreholes, or private dig shafts.

Chemical compound

Items required: 2 coils of rope, trowel, vial, specimen jar, pestle and mortar, charcoal, invitation letter and a tinderbox.

The Digsite 7

The other private digsite, just below the level 3 digsite.

Go to the western digging area of the Link to Digsite Digsite, and you will see a winch (the western-most one in the Digsite) in the middle of it. Use your Item image of %7B%7B%3AInvitation+letter%7D%7D, File:Invitation letter.png Invitation letter on a Digsite workman 1 chathead Digsite workman that's working (not on the workman that's standing next to the rocks at the winch nor the one with the wheelbarrow), and then use a Item image of %7B%7B%3Arope%7D%7D, File:rope.png rope on the winch to gain access to the sublevels of the Digsite.

Digsite Dungeon Map

Digsite Dungeon

Climb down the rope by operating the winch (requires 10 Skill icon of Agility, File:Agility icon.png Agility). Grab an Item image of %7B%7B%3Aarcenia+root%7D%7D, File:arcenia root.png arcenia root near the rope, and go east until you see some large bricks blocking the way to a room to the south. "Search" the bricks, and then go back to the surface. It is impossible to pass through until you clear the path.

Return to the surface, and head towards the north-eastern winch, a little bit south of the level 3 digsite from before. Use another rope and go down, there you will find Chat head image of Doug Deeping, File:Doug Deeping chathead.png Doug Deeping. Speak to him and ask him how you can move a large pile of rocks. He will give you a Item image of %7B%7B%3AChest+key+%28Digsite%29%7D%7D, File:Chest key (Digsite).png chest key to be used on the chest in the tent where you got your Item image of %7B%7B%3Apanning+tray%7D%7D, File:panning tray.png panning tray. If you haven't already, grab an Item image of %7B%7B%3Aarcenia+root%7D%7D, File:arcenia root.png arcenia root while you are there.

Book on chemicals detail

You need to mix Item image of %7B%7B%3Aammonium+nitrate%7D%7D, File:ammonium nitrate.png ammonium nitrate, Item image of %7B%7B%3Anitroglycerin%7D%7D, File:nitroglycerin.png nitroglycerin, Item image of %7B%7B%3Aground+charcoal%7D%7D, File:ground charcoal.png ground charcoal, and arcenia root to get the Item image of %7B%7B%3Achemical+compound%7D%7D, File:chemical compound.png chemical compound that can blow up the bricks blocking the path in the western winch. (Although not needed, the recipe for this compound is described in the Item image of %7B%7B%3Abook+on+chemicals%7D%7D, File:book on chemicals.png book on chemicals, which can be found in one of the bookshelves in the Exam Centre.)

  • Go open the chest near the panning site to get chemical powder.
  • Use your Item image of %7B%7B%3Atrowel%7D%7D, File:trowel.png trowel on the barrel (marked with a skull and bones if you rotate the camera around) west of the tent with the chest to open it. Use your Item image of %7B%7B%3Avial%7D%7D, File:vial.png vial on the barrel to get an unidentified liquid. You take 25 damage if you drop the vial!
  • Search the specimen tray north of the tent with a Item image of %7B%7B%3Aspecimen+jar%7D%7D, File:specimen jar.png specimen jar in your inventory till you find Item image of %7B%7B%3Acharcoal%7D%7D, File:charcoal.png charcoal. Grind it with a Item image of %7B%7B%3Apestle+and+mortar%7D%7D, File:pestle and mortar.png pestle and mortar to get ground charcoal.
    Note: If planning to do Azzanadra chathead Desert Treasure, get a second charcoal to save time, but drop it while you grind the other, or else they will both be ground.
  • Show the chemical powder to the archaeological expert in the Link to Exam Centre Exam Centre to learn that it's ammonium nitrate, and then show (be careful not to left click on the empty option) the unidentified liquid to him to learn that it's nitroglycerin.
  • Mix the nitroglycerin and the ammonium nitrate. Then, add Item image of %7B%7B%3Aground+charcoal%7D%7D, File:ground charcoal.png ground charcoal, and then add the arcenia root. (10 Skill icon of Herblore, File:Herblore icon.png Herblore required) Then, you get a chemical compound. You take 37 damage if you drop the vial now!

Finishing up

Items required: Chemical compound, and a tinderbox.

Digsite Temple

The Zarosian altar found after blowing up the rocks.

Go down the west winch, and use the Item image of %7B%7B%3Achemical+compound%7D%7D, File:chemical compound.png chemical compound on the bricks (not the rocks), and then use a Item image of %7B%7B%3Atinderbox%7D%7D, File:tinderbox.png tinderbox on the bricks to blow it up. Go into the room with aggressive Skeleton Skeletons (level 22), and pick up the Item image of %7B%7B%3Astone+tablet%7D%7D, File:stone tablet.png stone tablet. Give it to the archaeological expert to finish the quest.

Rewards

The Digsite reward scroll

Required for completing

Completing this quest is required for:

Trivia

  • If you have both an Item image of %7B%7B%3Auncut+opal%7D%7D, File:uncut opal.png uncut opal and Item image of %7B%7B%3Aopal%7D%7D, File:opal.png opal in your inventory, the female student will take the first opal in your inventory from you.


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