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This is the quick guide for The Dig Site.
For a more in-depth version, click here.


Start point Talk to an examiner in the Exam Centre south of the digsite. 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
Items required


Enemies to defeat None


Starting out

  • Go to the Exam Centre.
  • Ask an examiner about an exam. (Chat 1)
  • Go to the Varrock museum and talk to Curator Haig Halen.
  • Go back to the Exam Centre and talk to an examiner. The chat options do not matter; you will fail the exam regardless.

Lost and found

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  • Search the bushes on the map at (2) until you find a teddy bear.
  • Take the panning tray at (4).
  • Talk to the panning guide and give him a cup of tea.
  • Pan the water at (5) until you find a Special cup (browse through dialog if stopped).
  • Steal from the workman at (3), until you get an animal skull and specimen brush.
  • Talk to the student in purple clothes a small ways north of (3).
  • Talk to her again.
  • Run east, talk to the student in an orange shirt.
  • Talk to him again.
  • Run south, talk to the student in a green shirt.
  • Talk to him again.


  • Return to an examiner. (Chat 1132)
  • Talk to all 3 students again.
  • Return to an examiner. (Chat 1312)
  • Talk to all 3 students - the female student will demand an opal. You can obtain this by panning. Talk to her twice.
  • Return to an examiner. (Chat 1113)

Helping the expert

  • Search the cupboards on the south and north wall of the west room in the exam centre to get a specimen jar, and Rock pick.
  • Return to the digsite at (3).
  • Steal a specimen brush from the Digsite workman if you haven't already.
  • Use the trowel on the soil while wearing leather gloves and boots (at the site marked 3 on the map from before) until you find an ancient talisman. If you don't find it after several attempts try the soil patch in the far north-east (with the dinosaur bones in it).
  • Talk to the archaeological expert in the exam centre.
  • Use the invitation on any Digsite workman. (Not the Dig Site workman beside the western winch)
  • Use a rope on the western winch, climb down.
  • Pick up an arcenia root, search the rocks to the east, then go back.
  • Climb back up, then climb down using the other winch northeast.
  • Talk to Doug Deeping about the rocks. (Chat 4)

Explosives expert

  • Climb up, unlock and search the chest in the tent to the south to get some chemical powder (4 on the map from before).
  • Use the trowel on the closed barrel to the west of the tent.
  • Use a vial on the barrel to get an unidentified liquid.
  • If you don't have charcoal, search the tray a few steps north.
  • Grind the charcoal with your pestle and mortar.
  • Use the unidentified liquid (make sure you right-click the liquid otherwise you'll empty it) and the chemical powder on the archaeological expert.
  • Mix the two together, add ground charcoal, then finally add the arcenia root.
  • Climb down the western winch.
  • Use the compound on the bricks (not the rocks).
  • Use your tinderbox on the bricks.
  • Enter the large chamber, take the stone tablet.

Finishing up

  • Use the tablet on the archaeological expert.
  • Quest complete!


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