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    How Archaeology works.

    First you train it and now look at your map
    http://img59.imageshack.us/i/wowscrn...010035125.jpg/
    The shovels show where you can find the artifacts. Now that you know where to go its time to head on over there.

    You finally arrived at the place, now you get to use your nifty new ability "Survey" Its a 1 second cast with a 4 second cooldown. What it does is plant a thing that looks like this on the ground.
    http://img237.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010035555.jpg/

    The little bulb shows how far you are from the nearest artifact, red is very far yellow is far and green is close. Now to see which way you go you look at the direction the scope is pointing and head in the direction.

    Check every once in a while for progress and to make sure you're still going in the right direction. Here you find out you are closing on the artifact.
    http://img6.imageshack.us/i/wowscrns...010035731.jpg/

    You are very close now, you should use the Survey ability every few steps.
    http://img508.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010035900.jpg/

    Now you just keep using Survey every few seconds until something like this pops up instead of the scope.
    http://img39.imageshack.us/i/wowscrn...010040018.jpg/

    Now for the best part! LOOTING!
    http://img205.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010040058.jpg/

    Here are screenshots of other stuff that has to do with Archaeology.
    http://img812.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010040224.jpg/
    http://img824.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010040235.jpg/
    http://img710.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010040239.jpg/

    ------UPDATE 2------
    The things you loot from whatever you find do not take up inventory space, instead they work kinda like emblems but instead of your currency page you keep track of the stuff you looted in what I like you call, your Archaeology journal.

    It seems as you collect the artifacts of a specific race you have a bar to fill
    http://img825.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010042145.jpg/
    For this I needed 30 of them to "Solve" the mystery or something like that.

    So you click solve and it combines 30 of your pieces into a new item, now because my level was low I obviously didn't get anything amazing. Just vendor trash, but it also leveled my skill by 5! Drop rates currently seem to be 2-4 per find.
    http://img203.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010042218.jpg/

    Also for those of you wondering how to tell if you're in the zone when you get closer, it shows a highlighted area like you would see in quests. http://img822.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010044621.jpg/

    Currently you cant just pick one place and grind it, after some time you will run out of things to find and have to move on to another location. A great way to encourage people to explore. But don't worry they respawn and will show you on your map, so you will always know when you can go back to that zone.

    Feel free to ask questions, I may not know a lot about it right now. But I will answer them as best as I can.

    And because many of you are probably going to ask, yes there are shovel icons in Northrend and Outlands.

    Current list of what area gives what that I know of
    Night Elf Archaeology Fragment:
    Ashenvale, Stonetalons, Feralas, Hyjal, Felwood

    Tol'vir Archaeology Fragment:
    Uldum

    Fossil Archaeology Fragment:
    Un'goro, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Southern Barrens, Eastern Plaguelands, Redridge

    And what would Archaeology be without some Dwarf artifacts to find?
    Dwarf Archaeology Fragment:
    Hillsbrad, Wetlands, Twilight Highlands(It took ninja skillz to do that as an 82), Searing Gorge

    Troll Archaeology Fragment:
    Stranglethorn

    Orc Archaeology Fragment:
    Hellfire Peninsula, Shadowmoon Valley, Nagrand

    Draenei Archaeology Fragment:
    Shadowmoon Valley, Netherstorm, Zangarmarsh

    Current things I've solved(completed). Keep in mind that my level is low so they're greys to vendor but they have some nice text on your little journal.
    Nelf:http://img267.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010044438.jpg/
    http://img835.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010054837.jpg/
    Fossil:http://img835.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010052136.jpg/
    http://img64.imageshack.us/i/wowscrn...010063118.jpg/
    Dwarf: http://img214.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010065857.jpg/

    ----How Rewards Work(My theory atm)----
    It seems that what you create is already decided before you actually create it, but what it picks for you is random. To create it you collect the number of fragments it asks for(ranging from the 20s-30s for common ones and those who got lucky and got the pet version said they needed 85 fragments) So you will know when you finally struck gold and can create a rare artifact, which would then make you go the extra mile.

    -----UPDATE 3-----
    Tablets, what do they do and where can I find them?
    http://img820.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010071332.jpg/
    The Orc version is called "Orc Blood Text"
    The Draenei version is called "Draenei Tome"
    Thanks to others for finding these next ones
    [Highborne Scroll] Found searching within the Nighelf bowl
    [Nerubian Obelisk] Found searching the Nerbian bowl thingy

    And finding out how they work for us, we have pinkshirtbadman to thank for that.
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkshirtbadman View Post
    You can Add "highborn Scroll" to the list which is the nightelf version.
    Once you have one in your inventory you will see a small Hexagon on the appropriate page you can drag the scroll /tablet to there and it will say how many fragments it adds.
    For example I am at 0/35 for the Coin of Eldre'Thalas, if I add the scroll it says 6 (+6 rune stones) /35
    The scroll is removable and is not consumed until I click on "solve"
    ----How leveling it up works----
    At first you gain levels by digging the stuff out, but that isn't the main way to level it(well isn't currently). Imagine that part like disenchanting. After some levels it stops giving them.

    The way you level it from what I have seen is by completing an item with the required number of fragments. You can currently dig up anything as a level 1 Archaeologist. But you can't complete the items until you get the appropriate rank for that specific type of fragment. The ranks are when you learn the next step of the profession, like Journeyman etc. You will unlock a new set in your journal with each rank.

    ---Achievements---
    http://img713.imageshack.us/f/wowscr...010080502.jpg/
    http://img819.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...010080512.jpg/
    http://img411.imageshack.us/f/wowscr...010080526.jpg/

    And as a reminder the dig you yourself go on is only for you, don't expect to be competing with others to find it first. The pvp part was because it would gather others to the same site at times, and we all know what happens when others see a red name on their screen
    Last edited by MortalWombat; 2010-09-12 at 03:47 AM.

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    Am I the only one reminded of the Chocobo hot'n cold game from Final Fantasy 9?
    *peck*"Kweh." --> *peck*"Kweh!?" --> *peck*"KWEH!?" --> *peck*"KWEEEH!!!!" *loot*
    And the surveying part reminds me of using Chocographs on the world map. Looks fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snes View Post
    Am I the only one reminded of the Chocobo hot'n cold game from Final Fantasy 9?
    *peck*"Kweh." --> *peck*"Kweh!?" --> *peck*"KWEH!?" --> *peck*"KWEEEH!!!!" *loot*
    And the surveying part reminds me of using Chocographs on the world map. Looks fun!
    Its pretty entertaining to travel the world and find artifacts, after some time of digging you cant use that site anymore and have to move on, but them dirty gnomes are always coming to MY digs!

    Should be fun on pvp servers, world pvp anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MortalWombat View Post
    Should be fun on pvp servers, world pvp anyone?
    That will be bad ass. It's all the fun of fighting to the death in Gurubashi arena for treasure but in a dig site.

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    so wait ... archeology is on beta now ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by makak View Post
    so wait ... archeology is on beta now ??
    Correct, and stay off my dig site or I'll shoot! Goblin Archaeologists ftw.

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    Oh god, how am I going to remember to actually level my character with this around... I'm excited for it. ):

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    omg i want in beta now, that looks like an awesome way to pass the time lol

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    Looks very cool, thanks for the info!
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    nice post!

    needs a sticky now!

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    Trying to discover stuff in Uldum but it isn't going too well as a 82 rogue Evil guys kicking my poor butt! But Uldum really does look beautiful and works so well with Archaeology.

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    Thanks for posting the info. I suppose since your now flying around Uldum relic hunting it's safe to say the archaeology does not have any skill requirements for relics like other professions is that right?

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    Good info, looks very promising

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    Quote Originally Posted by LFox View Post
    Thanks for posting the info. I suppose since your now flying around Uldum relic hunting it's safe to say the archaeology does not have any skill requirements for relics like other professions is that right?
    Currently it does not, but I'm not sure if that is how it is supposed to be. I have no current page for the artifacts I find there so I cannot solve them. I imagine I might be able to as I train for the next levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MortalWombat View Post
    Currently it does not, but I'm not sure if that is how it is supposed to be. I have no current page for the artifacts I find there so I cannot solve them. I imagine I might be able to as I train for the next levels.
    If that's the case it might be somewhat skill based after all. Perhaps you can find artifacts anywhere but you can't try to solve them until you have the appropriate level for them? Either way happy hunting and keep us informed.

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    This looks like so much fun to me, I'm going to be addicted to this.

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    I really like the look of this, thanks so much for posting this information on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porimlys View Post
    This looks like so much fun to me, I'm going to be addicted to this.
    I would say don't worry about it, but I'm already addicted to it. Consider yourself warned.

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    thanks to share!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowtux View Post
    thanks to share!!!
    No problem, I'm enjoying this a lot so I decided to share it with others.

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