Archaeology is a skill used in retrieving artifacts. It has one subskill of restoration. These skills are used for locating, identifying and combining of fragments of different items from resources to weapons and more.
The Archaeology skill helps determine what item you get when investigating tiles. It will also determine what and how much information you get on settlements that used to exist on or near the location investigated.
The type of fragment you retrieve is determined based on:
- How many settlements have been on that tile in the past
- How long the settlement(s) stood there
- How long it has been since the settlement disbanded
- Your Archaeology skill level
Each of these increase the difficulty of the action, but also increase the chances of finding uncommon item fragments, with the higher difficulties providing the most unique items.
When finding a fragment, you may get a message in the event tab stating information on past settlement locations. The higher your skill level in Archaeology, the more information you may receive.
To investigate a tile, activate a trowel, right-click a tile and click Investigate. This will search the tile for fragments.
- At 20+ Archaeology skill, a shovel may be used instead of a trowel, increasing the difficulty of the action, and some fragments are instantly identified upon discovery with no further restoration work needed.
- At 30+ Archaeology you have a chance to see the name of one of the settlements at that location:
You can see multiple markers of abandoned settlements here. Based on your knowledge of the area and small hints you can find, one of the settlements must have been called Sunnyvale.
- At 40+ Archaeology you have a chance to see the name of the last mayor:
You can see signs of a single abandoned settlement here. Based on your knowledge of the area and small hints you can find, the settlement must have been called Splash Point. You find a scrap of washed out parchment signed by the last mayor, Badgirl.
- At 50+ Archaeology you have a chance to see the name of the settlement's founder:
You can see multiple markers of abandoned settlements here. Based on your knowledge of the area and small hints you can find, one of the settlements must have been called Mordor. You recall this settlement, and remember the name of the founder as Gromclad.
- At 70+ Archaeology you have a chance to see names of deeds in the area some tiles away:
You spot some markers of an old settlement in the area. It looks like it may be close to the northeast from here. You find a small scrap of something that has the deed name on it... 'Kittenforest Paradise'.
- As of the October 4, 2018 patch: "You can also now get an extra bonus in areas that are considered valuable according to Archaeology, making fragments a bit easier to gain at higher levels in those locations."
There are a variety of special statues that can be created from fragments.
- Statue of drake
- Statue of eagle
- Statue of Fo
- Statue of guard
- Statue of hell horse
- Statue of kyklops
- Statue of lava fiend
- Statue of Libila
- Statue of Magranon
- Statue of mountain lion
- Statue of rift beast
- Statue of Tich
- Statue of unicorn
- Statue of Vynora
- Statue of worg
- Statuette of axeman
- Statuette of digger
- Statuette of miner
- Statuette of swordsman
- Investigator at 50 skill
- Archaeologist at 70 skill
- Curator at 90 skill
- ??? at 100 skill