Varrock Dig Site

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Varrock Dig Site, is an archaeological excavation area just east of Varrock, at the Archaeology Campus. Players need to proceed far enough into The Dig Site quest in order to fully use it. It is visited during several quests, including The Dig Site, The Golem, Desert Treasure, The Temple at Senntisten, Ritual of the Mahjarrat, A Soul's Bane, and Children of Mah.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

During the Dig Site quest, players learn that the area was once Senntisten, the capital of the nation of Zaros during the Second Age. During the quest, players find a Zarosian symbol and a tablet telling all mortals to tremble before the power of Zaros. This area is said to be part of a city three times bigger than Varrock which supposedly reached to Edgeville (then known as Paddewwa). It was destroyed during the God Wars and replaced by Saranthium, which was destroyed several hundred years before Avarrocka was established in 700 of the Fourth Age.

After earning 100 kudos in the Varrock Museum miniquest, players will have future access to an unreleased island north of Morytania. The barge to travel there is currently being built just north of the Dig Site. When the island of Anachronia was found, Mr. Mordaut was made overseer of building the barge during the Breaking the Storm event, and many adventurers were recruited to help build the boat.

For players who are doing or have completed The Dig Site quest, the north-west winch at the Dig Site provides access to the Digsite Dungeon. A rope must be used with the winch to enter the dungeon.

Archaeology[edit | edit source]

The Varrock Dig Site is located next to the Archaeology Guild. It is where players will complete the Archaeology tutorial. Players can check soil here as well as repair damaged artefacts.

Map[edit | edit source]

Dig Site items[edit | edit source]

Dig Site barge
A buried skeleton in the Dig Site

Players can dig at Dig Site during and after the quest. The southern part of the Dig Site has several spots available for panning, using a panning tray.

To make use of all dig sites have a rock pick, trowel, specimen jar, and specimen brush in your inventory. Searching specimen trays only require a specimen jar and specimen brush and gives 1 mining experience. Sample sites only require a trowel, while Level 1 sites require a trowel, and Level 2 sites require a rock pick. Level 3 sites require all equipment, including the specimen jar and brush. Interestingly enough, sample sites are the only site that allow you to have a full inventory while digging. Using the incorrect tool or equipment will prompt a nearby Dig Site workman to stop and correct you. Digging with the trowel in the sample site gives 5 mining experience. Digging in Level 1 sites gives 6 mining experience, digging in Level 2 sites and private sites give 7 mining experience, and digging in Level 3 sites give 8 mining experience. Each type of site appears to have a different drop table. It is possible to find nothing.

Players can access the following areas:

Players could formerly use the specimen tray, before its removal.

Players can also pan at panning points in the south-east part of Dig Site with a panning tray.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 13 June 2022 (Update):
    • The old version of the Varrock digsite was still present in some cutscenes. This has been changed for the newer version.
  • patch 9 May 2022 (Update):
    • Players can no longer descend down the winches around the Varrock dig site during Battle of the Monolith.
  • update 30 March 2020 (Update):
    • Added a The Dig Site quest icon to all related NPCs, scenery and items.
    • Archaeology was released. Several new objects were made useable, making the dig site a hot spot for the skill.
  • patch 10 June 2019 (Update):.
    • An issue with free-to-play players gaining members-only items at The Digsite has been fixed.
  • patch 28 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Added examines to the newly reworked digsite area so that the world feels more lively.
  • update 20 May 2019 (Update):
    • After years of bureaucracy, the Varrock Dig Site has finally received its second round of funding and is now looking substantially snazzier. The whole area has received a visual upgrade, including new NPC models.
    • The player character will no longer sink into the ground around the site.
    • The winches on the surface now properly match up with the relative positions of the caves below.
    • There is now a tool cupboard in the exam centre to replace any tools students or workmen might have misplaced.
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed a force walk tile near Digsite.
  • patch 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed some graphical issues near the Digsite.
  • patch 21 May 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed some map height issues to the east of digsite.
  • patch 22 January 2018 (Update):
    • A section of the cliff north of the Dig site is no longer untextured.
    • Players can no longer walk inside one of the pillars in the underground digsite area.
  • patch 6 June 2016 (Update):
    • Corrected the grammar when digging for items at the dig site.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • The jagged or raised up cliff faces to the east of the Digsite have now been bulldozed.
  • patch 2 April 2012 (Update):
    • It is now possible to ignite explosive bricks in The Dig Site quest.
  • patch 15 February 2011 (Update):
    • Some floating rocks near a winch have been removed.