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This is the quick guide for The Dig Site.
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Start pointQuest map icon
The Dig Site icon
Talk to an examiner in the Exam Centre, south of the Digsite.
Member requirementP2P icon Members only
Official difficultyIntermediate Intermediate
Official lengthLong
RequirementsSkill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
Enemies to defeat
  • None

Starting out

  • Go to the exam centre.
  • Ask an examiner about an exam. (Chat )
  • Talk to Varrock Dig Site Manager Seth Minas in in the main building at the Varrock Dig Site.
  • Talk to an examiner, you will fail the exam. (Chat ~~~)

Lost and found

The Dig Site map
  • Search the bushes by the large blue urn between the Digsite and the Exam Centre until you find a teddy bear.
  • Take the panning tray from the tent.
  • Pan the water just south-east of the tent. Someone will try to stop you. Give him the cup of tea to pan the water. (Chat 2) Pan until you find a special cup.
  • Steal from the workman, until you get an animal skull and a specimen brush.
  • Talk to the student (purple clothes, located a small ways north of the workman) in the north-west side of the Digsite.
  • 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 1)
    • Answer #1: The study of the earth, its contents and history.
    • Answer #2: All that have passed the appropriate Earth Sciences exam.
    • Answer #3: Gloves and boots to be worn at all times; proper tools must be used.
  • Talk to all 3 students again.
  • Return to an examiner. (Chat 1)
    • Answer #1: Samples taken in rough form, kept only in sealed containers.
    • Answer #2: Finds must be carefully handled, and gloves worn.
    • Answer #3: Always handle with care; strike cleanly on its cleaving point.
  • Talk to all 3 students - the woman will demand an opal (talk to her again). You can obtain this by panning.
  • Return to an examiner. (Chat 1)
    • Answer #1: Samples cleaned, and carried only in specimen jars.
    • Answer #2: Brush carefully and slowly using short strokes.
    • Answer #3: Handle bones very carefully and keep them away from other samples.

Helping the expert

  • Search the cupboards on the north and south wall of the west room in the exam centre.
  • Talk to the archaeological expert. (Chat 1)
  • Return to the digsite and find a level 3 digsite (the sign will indicate the level).
  • Use the trowel on the soil until you find an ancient talisman. If you don't find it after several attempts try the soil patch in the far north-east.
  • Talk to the archaeological expert back at the exam centre.
  • Use the invitation on a digsite workman.
  • Use a rope on the winch furthest to the west, climb down.
  • Search the bricks to the east. (Chat ~)
  • Climb back up, then climb down using the other winch north-east.
  • Pick up an arcenia root.
  • Talk to Doug Deeping. (Chat 4)

Explosives expert

  • In the northeast section of the east shaft, pick up the Book on chemicals.
  • Use the key to unlock the chest and search it.
  • Use the trowel on the closed barrel on the east wall.
  • Use a vial on the barrel.
  • If you don't have charcoal, search the tray a few steps north.
  • Grind the charcoal.
  • Mix the nitroglycerine liquid (from the barrel) and the ammonium nitrate powder (from the chest) together, add charcoal, then finally add the arcenia root.
  • Use the compound on the brick.
  • Search the brick, select your tinderbox.
  • Enter the large chamber, take the stone tablets (There are skeletons that may attack you).

Finishing up

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


The Dig Site reward
Music unlocked
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