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The screening station at the Varrock dig site

In Archaeology, screening or sifting is the action of separating materials from soil samples obtained by excavating at dig sites. The screening station at the Archaeology Campus is the only area where this can be done freely, though soil can also be screened anywhere using the Sift Soil spell.

Experience from screening is initially 1 experience per a heap of soil, and is increased at Archaeology levels 38, 71, 93 and 111, to 3, 5, 12 and 20 experience respectively. Screening takes three ticks per item equivalent to three minutes per 100 heaps of soil. Wearing the master archaeologist's outfit reduces the ticks per item by one, and the Sift Soil spell also reduces the ticks per item by one. Using both the outfit and spell will stack, making each heap of soil take one tick to screen.

When screening, it is recommended to fill up the archaeological soil box with soil, as soil in the box is also screened and up to 100 heaps of soil can be screened at a time (or until the backpack is filled with materials).

A higher Archaeology level increases the chance of receiving materials from soil.[1]

Screening soil also has a rare chance to produce an artefact from the same area as the soil sample.

The auto-screener v1.080 can be carried while excavating to automatically screen soil as it is gathered. However, the actual function of the auto-screener is more akin to replacing any soil gathered with a material from the same excavation location (e.g. the auto-screener at war table debris will only generate vellum, white oak, tyrian purple, or ancient vis, and not any of the other materials that ancient gravel can usually generate). The auto-screener also cannot generate artefacts from soil.

There are six different types of soil. The minimum level is the level required to be able to access the dig site with that soil. The maximum level is the highest level of the material which can be obtained with that soil.

Dig site Soil type Minimum Archaeology level Archaeology Maximum level
Varrock Dig Site Senntisten soil.png: RS3 Inventory image of Senntisten soilSenntisten soil  1 1
Kharid-et Dig Site
Senntisten Dig Site
Ancient gravel.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ancient gravelAncient gravel 5 58
Infernal Source Dig Site Fiery brimstone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fiery brimstoneFiery brimstone 20 76
Everlight Dig Site Saltwater mud.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saltwater mudSaltwater mud 42 51
Stormguard Citadel Dig Site Aerated sediment.png: RS3 Inventory image of Aerated sedimentAerated sediment 70 98
Warforge Dig Site Earthen clay.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earthen clayEarthen clay 76 98
Orthen Dig Site Volcanic ash.png: RS3 Inventory image of Volcanic ashVolcanic ash 90 99

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 October 2020 (Update):
    • Artefacts from 'Desperate Measures' will no longer appear when screening soil.
  • ninja 21 September 2020 (Update):
    • A new spell has been added to the Lunar Spellbook: Sift Soil: Screens all of the targeted type of archaeological soil from the backpack and Soil Box (no Screening Station required).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Ryan. Archaeology: I would like to buy an upgrade which makes screening soil more worthwhile. Reddit. (Archived from the original on 12 June 2020.) Mod Ryan: "At the early levels the chance is indeed low, however the chance of receiving a material from soil increases as you level up."