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This article is about the quest. For the location east of Varrock, see Digsite.



Official quest 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?

Release date: 9 July 2003 (Update)
Start: Talk to an Examiner in the Exam Centre south of the Digsite, which is past a members gate east of Varrock.
Difficulty: *****
Length: Long
Members only: Yes
Items needed:
Monsters to kill: None


To start this quest, go to the Exam Centre which is south-east of the east side of Varrock (on the way to Al Kharid/Lumbridge). Talk to an Examiner and ask her for an exam then she will give you an unstamped letter. Give this into the Curator in Varrock Museum. He will seal it. Bring the sealed letter back to the examiner. The examiner shall then give you the level 1 test.

No matter what players answer on the test, they will get all of the questions wrong. Players must get answers from other students. They are scattered over the Digsite. Leave the building and head north towards the Digsite. Speak to all 3 students for help. They have all lost something. They will give players the answers if you find a lost item of theirs. Its best when getting answers to note them down as you may forget the answers later on when you begin the exam.



File:Teddybear.png Walk between the Exam Centre and the Digsite and stop when you reach two wooden walkways on a hill. Around this hill are two ceramic urns, one orange and the other blue. Follow the walkway to the top of the small hill and search the bushes near the blue urn. One of the bushes has the teddy bear in it. Which bush the teddy bear is found in is different for each player.

Animal skull

File:Animalskull.png Pickpocket Digsite Workmen until an animal skull is received. This is why level 25 Thieving is a requirement. A higher level in Thieving will increase your chances of receiving it. If you happen to get a specimen brush, keep it because you will need it later.

Special cup

File:Shinycup.pngGo to the south-east side of Digsite. First, find a panning tray from inside the tent near the panning point in the river. Then pan with it. The Panning Guide will stop you and ask for a cup of tea. If there is a cup of tea in a players inventory, he will automatically take it. Then, pan in the river. After some time you will obtain a special cup. Players may want to continue panning until they receive an uncut opal, because it will be needed later.


  • The first student is in the north-west section of the Digsite. She is a blonde girl with a purple skirt top. If players talk to her, they will discover she has lost her teddy bear and she will tell them where to find it (see above). Use the teddy bear on her, and she will tell players, "The proper health and safety points are: leather gloves and boots to be worn at all times; proper tools must be used." Remember this for the exam later.
  • The second student is in the southern section of the Digsite. He has lost his animal skull, give it back to him and he will give you the answer to the first question; "Earth Science is the study of earth, its contents and its history."
  • The third student is in the eastern section of the Digsite. He has lost his special cup he had won for an excellent find. Return it to him and he will answer the third and final question for players. "People eligible to use the Digsite are: All that have passed the appropriate Earth Sciences Exams."


NOTE: You must talk to each of the students before taking each new exam, otherwise the correct answers below will not even appear as an option!

Go back to the Exam Centre and take the exam again, this time putting in the correct answers. If you have forgotten the information, they are as follows:

"The study of Earth Science is: The study of the earth, its contents and history."
"The people eligible to use the digsite are: All that have passed the appropriate Earth Sciences exam."
"The proper health and safety points are: "Gloves and boots to be worn at all times; proper tools must be used."

If it is done right, players will receive a Level 1 Certificate.

Return back to the Digsite and ask the students for Level 2 answers, which are as follows:

  1. Correct sample transportation: Samples taken in rough form, kept only in sealed containers.
  2. Finds handling: Finds must be carefully handled, and gloves worn.
  3. Correct rock pick usage: Always handle with care; strike the rock cleanly on its cleaving point.

Once again, talk to the Examiner and pass the quiz and receive a Level 2 Certificate.

Speak to the three students again and obtain the answers for Level 3 Certificate, the girl who lost her teddy bear wants an uncut opal, so pan in the river for one if you did not receive it when you were looking for the special cup.

  1. Sample preparations: Samples cleaned, and carried only in specimen jars.
  2. Specimen brush use: Brush carefully and slowly using short strokes.
  3. The proper technique for handling bones is: Handle bones very carefully and keep them away from other samples.

Now take the road you've gone on many times back to the Exam Centre. Answer the questions correctly and you will earn the final certificate.

Once you have obtained all three certificates, take them back to the Curator, who will look after them for you. (this is not necessary to finish the quest)

Ancient talisman

Players can now dig anywhere they wish. The Researcher suggests players impress the archaeological expert with something. Search the cupboard along the south wall near the archaeological expert in the Exam Centre to get a specimen jar.

Pickpocket workmen until you get a specimen brush.

Use your trowel on the soil in a level 3 dig site until you find a Ancient talisman (players can find out what level the site is by reading the signposts). As a general guide, the further north the dig site is, the higher level it will be. The dig site in the far north-east corner, bordered by rocks, is a level 3 dig site. You will probably not receive the talisman on your first attempt, so keep trying. Take the talisman to the archaeological expert in the Exam Centre. He will say that it's a talisman of the god Zaros and that he is impressed. Then he will give players an invitation letter, which must be shown to workers to get permission to go down the boreholes, or private dig shafts.

Chemical compound

The Digsite Dungeon

Give a workman your permission slip. Go to the north-west of the Digsite and you will see a winch, use a rope on it and then take it to go underground to a subterranean cavern, the Digsite Dungeon. Search the bricks blocking the path. It is impossible to pass until the bricks are cleared. Grab an arcenia root while you're there because you'll need it later (located next to the west wall near the ladder.) Go back to surface and use a rope on the second winch located in the north-east area of the Digsite. Speak to Doug Deeping, ask him how you can move a large pile of rocks and he gives you a chest key. He will suggest blowing the bricks up, and also speaks about a former colleague who discovered what chemical substances to use. However he was scared away by his findings down the shaft and his notes scattered all over the site. Although not required to complete the Quest, his Book on chemicals can be found in the Exam Centre, in the north-eastern bookshelf against the wall, facing south. After the Quest is completed the book can be found in your own player house. Note: The option about the large pile of bricks will not appear unless you have searched the bricks.

You need to mix ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin, ground charcoal, and arcenia root to get Chemical compound that can blow up bricks blocking the path.

  • Use the chest key that Doug Deeping gave you on the chest near the panning site (Where you got the pan) to get chemical powder.
  • Use your trowel on the barrel near the tent to open it. Use your vial on the barrel to get an unidentified liquid. You will get hit for 25 damage if you drop the vial!
  • Grab an arcenia root from one of the caves.
  • Search the specimen tray (You must have specimen jar in inventory to do this) which is just north of the tent to find the charcoal (This might take a while so don't get discouraged). Grind it with a pestle and mortar to get ground charcoal.
  • Show the chemical powder to the archaeology expert to learn that it's ammonium nitrate.
  • Show the unidentified liquid to the archaeology expert to learn that it's nitroglycerin. If you drop it now it will do 35 points of damage! (right click and use the vial with the expert, a left click will empty the vial but you will not take damage)

To make the chemical compound, everything must be identified. Mix the nitroglycerin and the ammonium nitrate. Then add ground charcoal and the arcenia root. You will need level 10 Herblore to do this step. You will receive a chemical compound.

If you drop the resulting chemical compound it will do 65 damage!

After the quest you will not be able to get more ammonium nitrate since Doug Deeping will not give you another key, so be sure to get a lot of it if you want more chemical compounds possibly to show off your damage with Dharok's.

So before you finish drop the key talk to him, repeat till you have all the keys you need


Go down the north-west winch and use the chemical compound on the bricks (not the rocks) and then use a tinderbox to blow it up. You will automatically run away. Enter the central chamber. If your combat is 45+ you won't be attacked and armour isn't necessary. Pick up the stone tablet in the centre of the Zaros sign. Give it to the archaeological expert to finish up.

Players can show the Museum Curator the three certificates and he will reward you with either a chocolate cake or a fruit blast.


Digsite Quest Reward


Music tracks unlocked:


  • When this quest was first released, a glitch prevented players from getting the specimen brush so no one was able to complete it.
  • After completing the quest you can pickpocket the female student to get the teddy bear again.
  • The Zaros Talisman received during the quest is identical to the shape on top of the Ancient staff, received for completing Desert Treasure, which is, incidentally, a quest which requires completion Digsite Quest.
  • If player has completed Romeo and Juliet quest, when taking the letter to be sealed, the curator will be pleased about what you did about Romeo and Juliet. The same is true for other quests, such as Shield of Arrav.
  • The shape in the map of where the Stone tablet looks like a heart.
  • The ground right under the stone tablet has a familiar symbol; the Zaros sign!
  • After you have broken the barrel that contains the Unidentifiable Liquid, your character will say, "It's opened it!" Interestingly, the Danger! symbol on the barrel disappears when you do this.
  • You receive 2 Agility xp every time you operate the winch.
  • What appears to be Zanaris can be seen at the south edge of the area where the tablet is found, on the minimap.
  • If you attempt to use a vial on the barrel your character will state that "It's not open".


This article uses material from the "The Dig Site" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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