Archaeology - Cataclysm
Let's directly jump to rewards, that's the only thing most people care about! As explained in an earlier blue posts, Blizzard changed their mind and decided to reward people with a few epic weapons/armors along with the cosmetic items.
1. Bind on Account Epic Items
Archaeology gives you epics! Of course, these artefacts will be fairly rare but with enough work you should be able to acquire a nice set of epic weapons and armors, including lvl 85 ones. This list of rewards might not be complete at this point
All these items will Bind on Account.
|359||Sword||Melee.DPS||2-Hand||Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds|
|359||Sword||Melee.DPS||1-Hand||Scimitar of the Sirocco|
|359||Staff||Spell Spirit||2-Hand||Staff of Ammunae|
|359||Staff||Spell||2-Hand||Staff of Sorceror Thane Thaurissan|
|359||Finger||Spell||Finger||Ring of the Boy Emperor|
|359||Trinket||Spell||Trinket||Pendant of the Scarab Storm|
|359||Trinket||Healer||Trinket||Tyrande's Favorite Doll|
|105||Phys.DPS||Head||Headress of the First Shaman|
|67||Cloth||Spell||Chest||Queen Azshara's Dressing Gown|
The Scepter of Az'Aqir got a lot of attention when I first posted about it but isn't the only mount you can find.
The Scepter of Az'Aqir currently uses the model of the Blue AQ40 mount.
3. Companion Pets
3 Companion pets are available from Archaeology.
- Crawling Hand / Mummified Monkey Paw - Screenshot
- Clockwork Gnome - Screenshot
- Fozzilized Hatchling - Screenshot
So far it looks like the Crawling Hand will be the most interesting one, especially for alliance players who already have an endless supply of gnomes slaves and won't be interested in a mechanical version. Below is a small preview of the animations of the Crawling Hand / Mummified Monkey Paw
4. Miscellaneous Items
Archaeology also rewards you with a lot of lore-oriented items, they're not really useful and are just here for fun. A lot of them aren't implemented yet and the only thing I can really get out of this is the model of the transformations.
- Bones of Transformation - Screenshot
- Wisp Amulet - Screenshot
- Blessing of the Old God - Screenshot
- Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
- The Innkeeper's Daughter
- Arrival of the Naaru
- The Last Relic of Argus
- Chalice of the Mountain Kings
- Kaldorei Wind Chimes
- Druid and Priest Statue Set
- Highborne Soul Mirror
Archaeology - How it works
Ghostcrawler wrote an awesome post about how Archaeology works and I don't think there is much more to add, maybe a couple of screenshots.