Quest Requirements:
Skill/Other Requirements:
25 Thieving
10 Agility
10 Herblore
Items Needed at Quest Start:
Cup of tea, Pestle and mortar, 2 Ropes, Vial, Tinderbox, Uncut opal or Cut opal, Leather gloves, and Leather boots (wear gloves and boots at all times).
Items Needed to Complete Quest:
Items Recommended for Quest:
Varrock teleport method.
Items Acquired During Quest:
Unstamped letter, Sealed letter, Animal skull, Specimen brush, Panning tray, Special cup, Teddy, Level 1 certificate, Trowel, Level 2 certificate, Level 3 certificate, Ancient talisman, Invitation letter, Book on chemicals, Specimen jar, Chest key, Chemical powder, Unidentified liquid, Charcoal, Ground charcoal, Ammonium nitrate, Nitroglycerin, Arcenia root, Mixed chemicals, Chemical compound, Vial, and a Stone tablet.
Quest Points:
2 Gold Bars, 2,000 Herblore Experience, 15,300 Mining Experience, and of course the ability to Pan and Dig at the Dig Site.
Extra: Show the Curator all Digging Certificates and you can choose between a free Snack (Chocolate Cake) or a Drink (Fruit Blast Cocktail)
Start Point:
All the way southeast of Varrock, (just north of Scorpion Pit mine) Go through gate, head east into building with red floor and talk to Examiners.
To Start:
Talk to an Examiner.
  1. Ask any of the Examiners at the Exam Centre, southeast of Varrock, if you can take the Earth Sciences exam. The Examiner will tell you that in order to be allowed to take the exam, you must get an Unstamped letter signed by Curator Haig Halen in Varrock.

    Step 1

  2. Take the Unstamped letter to the Curator Haig Halen at the museum in Varrock, north of the east bank. He will sign it and give you a Sealed letter, which you must return to any of the Examiners. Before leaving, go to clothes shop next to the general store and buy boots and gloves if you don't already have them and wear them.

    Step 2

  3. Go back to the Examiner and give her the Stamped certificate of recommendation. Follow the main road north until you come to two wooden walkways, take the northeast one to the top of the hill Next to the large urn are two bushes. Search the bush to the east for a Teddy.

    Step 3

  4. Continue following the walkway to the bottom of the hill. Take the panning tray from inside the large tent.

    Step 4

  5. Go southeast from the tent to the stream and use the panning tray on the panning points. Try to pan and the worker should ask you for a cup of tea. Give it to him and pan until you get a Special Cup and an opal, if you didn't bring one with you.

    Step 5

  6. Go northwest of the panning points to the dig area and pickpocket the workman until you get a Animal Skull and 2 ropes (unless you brought the ropes with you already) and a Specimen brush.

    Note: You can also get this rock sample by opening and searching the chest east of the examiners.

    Step 6

  7. Talk to a student in a green shirt, just north of the workman and he will take the Animal Skull and give you the following exam answer: The study of Earth sciences is the study of the Earth, its contents and history. A bit north, talk to a male student in an orange shirt. He will take the Special Cup and give this answer: The eligible people to use the digsite are all that have passed the appropriate earth sciences exam. Just a bit northwest of here, talk to a female student in a purple shirt. She will take the Teddy and give this answer: The proper health and safety points are gloves and boots to be worn at all times, proper tools must be used.

    Step 7

  8. Go back to the Examiner and take the exam. (Note that the correct answers will not be offered until you have spoken to all 3 students and done what they have asked; there are no shortcuts in this quest!) She will give you a Level one certificate and a Trowel for completing the first of 3 exams. When you lose your trowel, you can get another one by asking the examiners for another one; or you can pickpocket a Digsite workman. You can take the certificate to the Curator at the museum for safekeeping or you can hold onto it until you get all three and then take them to him.

    Step 8

  9. Go speak to the students again to get the answers to the second exam. The green shirt student tells you correct rockpick usage: Always handle with care, strike the rock cleanly on its cleaving point. The orange shirt student tells of correct sample transportation: samples taken in rough form, kept only in sealed containers. The purple shirt student explains finds handling: Finds must be carefully handled, and gloves worn. You will get a certificate for completing the second exam. You can take the certificate to the curator at the museum for safekeeping or you can hold onto it until you get all three and then take them to him.

    Step 9

  10. Go speak to the students again to get the answers to the third exam. The female student will ask for a opal in exchange for her help. Specimen brush use: Brush carefully and slowly using short strokes. Proper technique for handling bones: handle bones carefully, and keep away from other samples. Sample preparation: Samples cleaned and carried only in specimen jars. Take her answer and the guy's answers and go to the Examiner and take the third exam. You will get a certificate for completing the third exam. You now have graduated and can dig anywhere in the dig site. Take your certificate to the curator in the Varrock museum and you either get a Chocolate Cake or Fruit Blast as a reward for graduating.

    Step 10

  11. Go back to the Dig site and go to the northeast corner of the dig site (past a winch that you will use later) near the level 3 area with the buried skeleton. Search the sacks and find the Specimen jar.

    Step 11

  12. Go to the northeast corner to the level 3 area with the buried skeleton and use the Trowel on the soil until you find a Zaros Talisman. Next use the Talisman on the Archaeological expert (near the Examiner); he will reward you for your keen eye with a scroll saying you can use his personal mine shaft (which is the winch next to the area you got the Talisman from).

    Step 12

  13. Return to the digsite and use the letter with a workman. He will allow you to enter the shafts. Go to the northwest corner, then go south one level (sign reads level 2 digs only) to the area with the winch. Operate the winch and you'll be told you need something to help the bucket reach the bottom. Use the rope with the winch and operate it to lower yourself to the bottom. Take an Arcenia root and climb back to the surface.

    Step 13

  14. Go back to the tents. Search the specimen tray outside of the tent where you found the panning tray until you find Charcoal. Use Pestle and mortar on the charcoal to get another ingredient for the bomb.

    Step 14

  15. Go west of the tent where you got the panning tray; you will find 3 barrels. Use the Trowel on them until one of them is opened. Use the empty Vial on the open barrel to get an orange unidentified liquid.
    DO NOT drop the vial! You will take from 20 to 36 damage!

    Step 15

  16. Take vial and use it on Archeological expert (by the Examiner) to get it identified as Nitroglycerin.

  17. Search the bookshelves in the Examiner's room and find the Book of Experimental Chemistry. Read this book. It has the ingredients to make a bomb you will need later on. Search the cupboard to find the Rock pick (Rock pick is not needed to complete the quest).

  18. After getting the Rockpick, head to the Northwest Winch (Level 2 Dig Area) and operate the winch. When inside, search the rocks at the path to the south. You will ask yourself if there is someone around that might be able to help you move them. Then go to the Northeast Winch (Private Dig Area) and operate the winch with your 2nd rope. When inside, talk to Doug Deeping. Ask him how you could manage to move a large pile of rocks. He will then tell you a short story about the guy that used to work in the Level 2 area and then give you the Chest Key.

    Step 18

  19. Go to the tent where you got the panning tray. Use the Chest key on the locked chest and you'll receive an unidentified white chemical powder. Take the unidentified powder to the Archeological expert to get it identified as Ammonium nitrate. Step 19

  20. Go back to the Digsite and go back down the north west winch. Prepare yourself an explosive compound:
    1. Use the Ammonium nitrate on Nitroglycerin.
    2. Use Ground charcoal on the mixture
    3. Finally use the Arcenia root on the mixture.
    You now have an explosive compound.

  21. Go to the south fork and use the explosive compound on the bricks blocking the way. Then light the brick with your Tinderbox. Once the path has been cleared, go straight ahead and get the Stone tablet in the middle of the room (beware of the Skeletons in this room if you are a low level).

    Step 21

  22. Take the Stone tablet back to the Archeological expert to complete the quest and get your reward.

    Congratulations! Quest complete!

    Quest Complete
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