RuneFest just ended and wow did Jagex announce some big changes. Released back in 2016, Invention was the last new elite skill added to RuneScape 3. Before that, the last regular skill was way back in 2013 when Divination came along. Six years after the release of Divination, Jagex has announced Archaeology.
Archaeology is both a gathering skill and manufacturing skill in one. The general idea of the skill is to explore ancient ruins and collect long lost relics. Many new dig sites are coming to Gielinor specifically for this skill. Currently, we only have the Varrock Dig Site. Jagex has so far revealed dig sites in the Kharidian Desert, Morytania, and the Wilderness.
A focus of RuneFest was to show players why they want to be doing Archaeology. All skills need a selling point, and this is no different. Found artefacts and relics were given various perks to other skills. Many of these perks are very strong. Examples include never exhausting your run energy, teleporting without runes, increased total health, and permanently protected herb patches. These perk ideas have been very well received by RuneScape’s passionate community.