Orthen Dig Site

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The Orthen Dig Site is a dig site located on Anachronia, requiring level 90 Archaeology to be interacted with. It was the sixth dig site released for the skill. The Anachronia base camp is the main location of the dig site, with various excavation sites across the island of Anachronia - Crypt of Varanus, Observation outpost, Moksha ritual site and Xolo city.

Mr. Mordaut is the site manager. Like the other site managers, Mr. Mordaut becomes a research consultant when all mysteries related to Orthen are completed and has a power called Treasure Hoarder, giving a x/24 chance of obtaining a tetracompass piece after each expedition, x being the number of hours the team is sent out for.

The archaeology teleport, master archaeologist's outfit, and the dig sites map at the guild can teleport the player to the base camp, and, after unlocking the locations, the Orthen teleportation devices may be used to teleport the player between the dig site's locations.

The final reward of the site is an enhancement to the mysterious monolith's power cap, allowing 150 extra power for a total of 650 power. This requires level 120, unlocking of all the locations, and completion of the Mysterious City mystery.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

In order to unlock this digsite, players first need to obtain:

Quick guide[edit | edit source]

Main article: /Quick guide

Follow the quick guide to quickly unlock all 4 sections of the dig site and complete the Teleport Node On, Know Thy Measure and Fragmented Memories mysteries at the same time.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Archaeology Level Name Directions Image Excavation site
90 Crypt of Varanus Crypt of Varanus map.png Orthen Dig Site Crypt.png Orthen - Crypt of Varanus excavation site
101 Observation outpost Observation Outpost map.png Orthen Dig Site Observation Outpost.png Orthen - Observation outpost excavation site
106 Moksha Ritual Site Moksha Ritual Site map.png Orthen Dig Site Moksha Ritual Site.png Orthen - Moksha ritual site excavation site
113 Xolo City Xolo City map.png Orthen Dig Site Xolo City.png Orthen - Xolo city excavation site

Travel[edit | edit source]

Orthen Dig Site locations

The Orthen teleportation devices provide quick teleportation between the four locations and the base camp.

For a short guide to unlocking just the teleports, see the 'Teleport Node On' guide.

For the full guide to unlocking all of the digsite locations, see the Quick guide.

Unlocking all the teleports requires:

Excavation[edit | edit source]

The excavation sites in the dig site collectively contain ten different excavation hotspots containing a total of 22 different artefacts as well as five dig site-specific materials. As with all other dig sites, agonistic materials are present in these hotspots.

The soil for this dig site is volcanic ash.

Facilities[edit | edit source]

The dig site has an archaeologist's workbench and a material storage container in the Anachronia base camp, and material deposit carts at the excavation sites. If a tier 3 town hall has been built, an archaeology noticeboard will also be set up near Sharrigan.

Excavation hotspots[edit | edit source]

The dig site contains the following excavation hotspots.

Material caches[edit | edit source]

The dig site contains the following material caches.

Mysteries[edit | edit source]

Name Requirements Rewards
Crypt o' Zoology

21,500 Archaeology experience

Teleport Node On
  • 3,000 Divination experience (First teleport device)
  • 3,000 Runecrafting experience (Second teleport device)
  • 3,000 Crafting experience (Third teleport device)
  • 3,000 Divination experience (Final teleport device)
  • 35,000 Archaeology experience (Mystery reward)
Death Watch

39,500 Archaeology experience

Know Thy Measure
Free Your Mind

51,500 Archaeology experience

Fragmented Memories

56,500 Archaeology experience

I Am Become Death

67,000 Archaeology experience

Mysterious City

Research[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Sharrigan is the Orthen specific collector. Velucia also has her own Museum-Orthen collections.

Osseous[edit | edit source]

A partially constructed Rex skeleton that forms part of the Osseous event

The dig site has a community event, akin to the pylon found at the Kharid-et Dig Site, called Osseous. While excavating players can find rex skeleton fragments which can be used to build the skeleton of a dinosaur located at the Anachronia base camp.

When the skeleton is completed, it activates the Roar of Osseous status icon.png Roar of Osseous buff which grants every player in Anachronia for 65 minutes:

  • 25% more XP from activities on Anachronia:
  • 10% buff to the drop rates from:
    • Big Game Hunter
    • Slayer
    • Anachronia Agility Course codices
    • Archaeology materials

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Potions[edit | edit source]

The digsite allows the creation of recipes to separately unlock the following 5 potions:

Note that the potion recipe fragments can be obtained more than once after assembling the tablet and learning the recipe.

Skilling off-hands[edit | edit source]

There are two skilling off-hands obtainable through the digsite:

These off-hands are rare items aimed at high levels.

Relics[edit | edit source]

The dig site adds 3 new Arachaeology relics which may be added to the mysterious monolith at the Archaeology Campus:

  • Evil Bob's Catspaw, a talisman that will automatically cook any fish the player catches.
  • Soma, a dragonkin delicacy that will increase the player's archaeological precision by +20%, at the cost of obtaining no soil from excavations.
  • Kaladanda, an item that will note all guaranteed bone or ash drops.

Monolith power[edit | edit source]

Players may obtain an increase of 150 in monolith power after the Mysterious City mystery.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 2 November 2020 (Update):
    • Resolved an issue that was stopping the Heart of Stone puzzles from opening if you had previously interacted with Orthen.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The player Bijn was the first player who fully completed this dig site on 19 October 2020 which was shown in-game with the announcement: Game announcement.png News: Bijn is the first to master the Orthen Dig Site by fully exploring the site's history!