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 Restoration subskill is used to identify fragments as well as combining fragments.
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.
The type of fragment you retrieve is determined based on:
- How many deeds have been on that tile in the past
- How long the deed(s) stood there
- How long it has been since the deed disbanded
- Your Archaeology skill level
The investigate action will be of higher difficulty with the first three factors being present.
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.
Identifying a fragment will tell you what it is a fragment of as well as how many more pieces are needed to assemble it into the full item. For example, an identified fragment may say: ore fragment [1/3], iron - this tells you it is a piece of iron ore, and you need 2 more fragments to combine to it.
Examining a fragment will tell you if you need a brush or a chisel to clear away dirt and rock from it - however, you may use either tool. The difficulty of the action will increase by using the opposite tool than that which is suggested.
The weight of the fragment will decrease with each successful identify action, as dirt and rock is cleared away, until it reaches the weight of the actual fragment. The fragment weight is the weight of the completed item divided by the number of pieces needed. For example, a bronze lump weighs 0.1 kg - an identified fragment requiring 3 total fragments will weigh 0.033 kg.
- The key binds INVESTIGATE and IDENTIFY can be bound through console or settings.
- Can use either stone chisel or metal brush to identify. The difficulty of the action will increase by using the opposite tool than that which is suggested.