The Ancient talisman is a members-only quest item. It is obtained and used in The Dig Site quest. Once a player has passed all exams, they can go digging in the level 3 site (requiring a trowel, specimen brush and specimen jar) to eventually find the ancient talisman. Bring it to the Terry Balando to learn that it is actually a talisman of Zaros. The archaeological expert is impressed by this find and gives the player an invitation letter, allowing them to use the winches. After the quest, the talisman is on display at the Varrock Museum.
The talisman's inscription reads: "Zaros will return and wreak his vengeance upon Zamorak the betrayer."
- In RuneScape Classic, the ancient talisman is called the Talisman of Zaros, explicitly referring to Zaros by name before the player shows it to the archaeological expert.
- This item's examine text previously read: "An unusual symbol as yet unidentified by the archaeological expert."
- The inscription previously read: "Zaros will return, And wreak his vengeance upon Zamorak the pretender."