Updated Thu, Nov 08, 2012 by Mem
Archaeology in World of Warcraft is focused on locating, piecing together, and appraising ancient artifacts from the various races of Azeorth (and perhaps beyond). These artifacts were unearthed in the Cataclysm brought about by Deathwing. This profession will unlock unique and fun rewards such as vanity pets and mounts. Also occasionally players may also discover a rare weapon or armor piece. Archaeology is designed to be a very causal profession. Read on to learn more about this secondary profession.
As it is with all World of Warcraft
professions you must first train Archaeology before you can really dig
into it. To do this seek out an Archaeology Trainer. These trainers can be
found in all major cities and can easily be located by speaking with a
nearby city guard.
There will always be five dig sites available per continent at all times. These dig sites will not change unless they are dug out. The number of zones and continents you can find dig sites on will depend on your current Archaeology profession skill level as well as character level. Each dig site is player specific meaning you will never face any competition.
Once you have located a dig site using your maps, you will want to use the [Survey] ability. This ability is learned with the Archaeology profession and can only be used when your character is near a dig site. When used [Survey] will drop a tripod telescope equipped with a small light. This telescope provides two bits of useful information; direction and distance from the dig site. When the tripod is placed it automatically points in the direction that you need to follow to move closer to the dig site. Distance on the other hand can be determined by taking a glance what color the light on the tripod currently is. Check out the helpful diagram below to learn more:
Use [Survey] while you are within 5 yards of the dig site and a fragment
piece will appear. You may survey the site up to six times before it
vanishes and is replaced with a new dig site somewhere else on your map.
Each fragment you find at a dig site is specific to a particular race.
Different zones provide different fragment pieces: