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Archaeology is a new secondary profession (along with Cooking, Fishing & First-Aid) that has been added into the game with the release of the Cataclysm expansion.

Getting Started
The first thing you will need to do is visit a Trainer. Your character must be at least level 20 to learn Apprentice Archaeology. Archaeology Trainers can be found at the following locations :-
Alliance - Darnassus, The Exodar, Honor Hold, Ironforge, Stormwind, Valgard & Valiance Keep
Archaeology Level Skill
Apprentice 20 0
Journeyman 20 50
Expert 20 125
Artisan 35 200
Master 50 275
Grand Master 65 350
Illustrious Grand Master 75 425
Horde - Orgrimmar, Silvermoon City, Thrallmar, Thunder Bluff, Undercity, Vengeance Landing, Warsong Hold
Neutral - Shattrath & Dalaran
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Once trained, you will see a new spell called Survey in your professions under Archaeology, this is the tool/spell you will use to find artifacts. Now where to use your new found survey tool!

Open your map and on each continent (if your skill is high enough) you will see 4 small shovels, if your not seeing them you will need to tick the Show Dig Sites box at the bottom of your map. These shovels show you where to go and Survey, they are exclusive to you so there is no need to worry about them being surveyed from under you, each time you dig up an artifact a new location will spawn randomly on the continent you are currently surveying.
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Digsites
Select one of the 4 locations on your map and open the zone map, you will see an orange glow at the location where there will be three survey areas, at each survey area there will be fragments buried somewhere in that area, use your Survey tool to locate the exact position of your first fragment.
You will see the survey tool (looks like a telescope) on the ground where you surveyed, it shows you the general direction and the distance to the fragment depending on the colour of the light (top of the antenna) and the direction the survey tool is facing.
WoWdigs - Survey Tool (Red)
100+ Yards 50-100 Yards < 50 Yards
Follow the direction the survey tool is facing and continue to survey, Once you are within 7 yards a fragment will appear on the ground. this needs to be looted to be entered into your Archaeology journal. Depending on your level and location the fragment will be part of an artifact from one of the following nine races.
Dwarf
(1 skill)
Night Elf
(1 skill)
Troll
(1 skill)
Fossil
(1 skill)
Draenei
(300 skill)
Orc
(300 skill)
Vrykul
(375 skill)
Nerubian
(375 skill)
Tol'vir
(450 skill)

Initially you will receive two, three or four fragments of an artifact at each survey area, as your level increase you will receive more fragments each time you survey up to five fragments or if you are a dwarf the racial bounus Explorer gives up to seven fragments. To complete an artifact you will need to collect 35-150 pieces depending on your level, the race and rarity of the artifact.
You will notice there is a 10 race symbol in your journal, as of yet there is no known way of unlocking this, many have speculated that it's :

- A place holder for a future 10th race
- Future Daily or Quest System
- Something that unlocks when you have collected all rare artifacts
- Opened when digging in unmarked secret areas
- Nothing at all

For now we will just have to wait till we have some soild confirmation as to what the 10th symbol is.
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Archaeology Gains

Each Artifact that you solve will earn you 5 skill points in archaeology, you will also gain a single point each time you dig up fragments untill you reach 50 Archaeology skill, then the only way to recieve gains is by completing artifacts. Solving rare artifacts will give you 15 skill points.
Keystones
Sometimes you will also pick up a keystone, these keystones are worth 12 fragments and are race specific. If the artifact you are currently solving has keystone sockets and you have collected the corresponding keystone, you can then add the keystone by clicking the socket. The keystones can be removed as well as they will not be consumed until you solve the Artifact. Most lower level Artifacts do not have sockets, but as your level increases newly discoverable artifacts may have one, two or three keystone sockets. Currently there are no keystones available for Fossils.


Dwarf
WoWdigs Keystone Night Elf
Night Elf
WoWdigs Keystone Troll
Troll
WoWdigs Keystone Draenei
Draenei
WoWdigs Keystone Orc
Orc
WoWdigs Keystone Vrykul
Vrykul
WoWdigs Keystone Nerubian
Nerubian
WoWdigs Keystone Tol'vir
Tol'vir

 
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