Release date: 9 July 2003 (Update)
Start: Talk to an Examiner in the Exam Centre south of the Digsite, which is past a members gate east of Varrock.
Difficulty: *****
Length: Long
Items needed:
Monsters to kill: None



A map of the Digsite

  1. The first of the samples can be found in the bush next to the two giant blue urns, just to the south of the digsite.
  2. Vases

    The two giant urns.

    The second of the samples can be found by pickpocketing Workmen. This can also give you items used later in the quest, so make sure to be careful with what you throw away.
  3. The third can be found by panning for gold. Pick up the panning tray from the large tent, then give a cup of tea to the guide. Pan until you find a rock sample and an uncut opal. Keep any gold nuggets you find, as 3 gold nuggets can be exchanged for a gold ore with the expert.
  • After finding each sample, return them to the three students.
  • Take note of the answers given by the students, and use these in the exam. Repeat this for exam levels 2 and 3; on level 3, the pink student will ask for an opal, which you should have from the last stage. You should be given a trowel and three certificates
  • Take the certificates back to the museum curator and use them on him. He will give you a chocolate cake or a fruit blast as reward.
  • You can now use the winch shafts; first, you want to find the one in the north-east part of the digsite, just south of the level 3 dig. Now use a rope (can be pickpocketed from workmen) to get down and talk to the workman. Ask for the key, by choosing the begging option every time, until he gives in and hands it over.

Begging for the key.

  • Use a rope on the second winch shaft (located slightly south-west of the first) to come across a path blocked by bricks, and some Arcenia root. Take a root.
  • Head back to the tent by the panning spots. Unlock the chest to obtain some unidentified powder. Search through the specimen dirt trays until you find some charcoal - grind this up with your pestle and mortar. Use your trowel on the nearby barrels marked 'X', followed by a vial, to obtain an unidentified dangerous liquid.


XP ~= 300 * (Level + 1)
  • 9000 (level 29)
  • 14800 (level 45)
  • 15000 (level 49)
  • 18300 (level 60)
  • 18509 (level 60)
  • 20100 (level 66)
XP = 125 * (Level + 1)
  • 1500 (level 11)
  • 1625 (level 12)
  • 1750 (level 13)
  • 3500 (level 27)
  • 5750 (level 45)
  • 8500 (level 67)

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