Archaeology/Pre-release

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Before Archaeology's release on 30 March 2020 numerous teasers appeared in-game.

On 25 February 2020 archaeologists appeared at various lodestones: Amateur Archaeologists (Ardougne, Taverley, Edgeville, and Yanille), budding archaeologists (Catherby, Karamja, and Varrock), Elven Archaeologist (Prifddinas), researchers (Ardougne, Falador, Lumbridge, and Port Sarim), and wannabe archaeologists (Burthorpe, Draynor Village, and Seers' Village).

Starting from the game update on 18 March 2020 various NPCs at Varrock Dig Site such as the Guildmaster Tony and researchers were seen commenting on the mysterious monolith and making archaeological findings, with dialogue lines appearing approximately every two minutes and changing repeatedly leading up to release. The full list of updates can be found in the table below.

In addition, Associate Reiniger and Guildmaster Tony were graphically updated, Guildmaster Tony's name was changed from Professor Tony, and the mysterious monolith and its surroundings were updated.

Events[edit | edit source]

Date Event
18 March Researchers discussed the renovation of the guild in the tent north of the mysterious monolith.
18 March Associate Reiniger and Guildmaster Tony discussed the renovation of the guild upstairs in the main building.
18 March Guildmaster Tony talked about the funding for the guild upstairs in the main building.
19 March Guildmaster Tony wondered about the mysterious monolith next to it.
19 March Guildmaster Tony and researchers discussed the mysterious monolith next to it.
20 March The researchers moved to the level 1 dig site.
20 March One of the researchers found a centurion's dress sword.
20 March One of the researchers found some imperial iron.
20 March One of the researchers found some purpleheart wood.
21 March The researchers moved to the tent north of the mysterious monolith.
21 March Guildmaster Tony and researchers discussed the sword in the guild.
21 March Guildmaster Tony and Museum Accountant appeared in the Varrock Museum.
21 March Guildmaster Tony and Museum Accountant discussed the funding for the guild.
21 March Guildmaster Tony moved to the panning area of Varrock Dig Site.
21 March Guildmaster Tony considered alternatives to funding.
22 March A mysterious stranger could be seen in multiple locations around the dig site.
22 March Guildmaster Tony considered ways to save money upstairs of the guild with the mysterious stranger standing behind a wall.
22 March Guildmaster Tony faced the mysterious stranger.
22 March Guildmaster Tony accepted funding from the mysterious stranger's anonymous contacts.
23 March Associate Reiniger and Guildmaster Tony discussed the newfound interest in the guild downstairs of the guild. The researches moved back to the tent.
23 March Guildmaster Tony, Soran, Emissary of Zaros, and Velucia discussed co-operation outside the guild.
24 March Researchers discussed the time sprites in the tent north of the mysterious monolith.
24 March Time sprites started emerging from each of the future dig site locations and headed towards the mysterious monolith.
24 March Isaura, Lowse, and Sir Atcha talked about collecting artefacts by the monolith.
25 March The frequency at which the time sprites were spawning increased from about 10 minutes to about 5 minutes.
25 March NPCs appeared at future sites of Infernal Source (Movario), Everlight (Vanescula and Efaritay), and Warforge! (Zanik)
25 March The frequency at which the time sprites were spawning increased from about 5 minutes to 30 seconds.
25 March Zaros appeared near the mysterious monolith and activated it. A cutscene of this played for players at the dig site, featuring also Dr. Nabanik and Guildmaster Tony.
25 March Guildmaster Tony and Associate Reiniger discussed the monolith.
26 March Guildmaster Tony moved to the upstairs of the guild to look through his bookcase.
27 March Guildmaster Tony moved next to the monolith to think about it.
29 March Guildmaster Tony moved upstairs of the guild to seemingly talk with an invisible entity.
30 March Time sprites were absorbed by the mysterious monolith again.

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