Excavation hotspots are places at Archaeology dig sites where players use mattocks to excavate materials, soil, and artefacts. A progress bar appears above the player's head: whilst excavating, this progress bar fills up. Once the progress bar has been filled completely, the player receives a damaged artefact. All players train in the same area but there is no competition for resources as excavation hotspots are player-specific (as with Mining). However, material caches are shared by all players and deplete like trees (and Mining before the Mining and Smithing rework).
Excavation hotspots feature a mechanic similar to rockertunities called the time sprites, with a time limited boost to experience gain and excavation progress while using a particular hotspot.
Soil may be screened at the Archaeology Guild. While screening, players have a chance to receive resources (and rarely artefacts) based on their Archaeology level. Soil is tradeable.
With at least level 67 Invention and the Associate qualification, players can make use of the Auto-screener v1.080 to automatically screen gathered soil.
Players can use signs of the porter to teleport materials to the bank. This also includes the effect of the grace of the elves and the premier artefact.
List of excavation hotspots[edit | edit source]
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- patch 22 June 2020 (Update):
- To help reduce misclicks on mobile, a Makeshift Pie Oven archaeology excavation in the Warforge has been moved away from the furnaces in the area.
- patch 27 April 2020 (Update):
- A floating bibliotheke debris excavation point has been lowered.
- patch 14 April 2020 (Update):
- A warforged bronze material cache has been moved slightly so that it doesn't appear to stick out the top of a tower.