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Archaeology Helper

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 19,148 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.1.0
  • 1,271,755 Total Downloads
  • Updated 03/30/2015
  • Created 12/17/2010
  • 1,406 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 1.4.3
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About Archaeology Helper

Archaeology Helper accelerates your surveying by providing triangulation on a Heads-Up Display (HUD)

  • Survey then press green, yellow or red button to add new sector to the HUD and narrow down the position of your fragment
  • HUD optionally includes GatherMate2 pins showing possible fragment positions, further accelerating the process
  • Shows Dig Sites on Battlefield Minimap
  • Keybindings and various settings

How to use

Go to dig site, Right Click last button (spade) to show HUD and Left Click to cast Survay. Then ROTATE YOUR CHAR, BUT DON'T MOVE in the needed direction and press colored button according to Survey result. Move to other location, do same again.
It is strongly recommended to use in conjunction with GatherMate2, which will show all previous or imported dig-points on the HUD. When using GatherMate2 jump onto fragment before gathering! GatherMate2 data accuracy depends on that. Minimap zoom buttons also zoom the HUD display.


Left Click main window to move it
Right Click main window: opens config

Left Click on colored button: adds new sector to the HUD
Right Click on colored button: temporarily hide/show that color

Arrow button: undo last sector

Left Click spade: cast Survey
Right Click spade: show/hide the HUD
Middle Click spade: open Archaeology window

Use "/arh" or "/arhcfg" for command line help


On the HUD you can also see player arrow in the center and very small red circle that represents survey success range. And ofc all colored transparent overlapping areas that were set by you with colored buttons.

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  • #348

    I love the app!  Thank you for your hard work!  

    I thought I'd let you know that there is a bug with the HUD X-offset.  It remembers the figure that I enter between sessions, but it doesn't actually offset the HUD.  I have to click in the box and hit enter for it to apply the offset each time I log on.  This bug may also exist for the other settings, but I haven't tested them.

  • #347

    I don't see any Draenor Artifakt Pins exept the one from clans of draenor.

    Is this a Gathermate2 problem or is Archeology Helper not working propely?

  • #345

    The setting to show digsites on the mini map keeps getting turned off. Each character change or login I have to turn the digsites back on. Same thing happens with digsites on the main map. this has been going on since Mists.

  • #343

    Problems with HUD tracking in Frostfire Ridge of Draenor should now be fixed in addon v1.4.2.

    Thanks to everyone for the help in tracking it down.

    Last edited by oscarucb on 11/21/2014 2:32:11 AM
  • #344

    Verified working. Thanks!

  • #327

    This addon is breaking my quest log.  I'm having trouble getting them to open.  My quests aren't opening at all on the all quests view.  And clicking on quests with icons to the right causes the icons to migrate to the right with each click. 

  • #329

    Fixed in addon v1.4.1

  • #324

    I was a bit skeptical at first. But I've been using it now for 2 hours, and it is just amazing. Thank you for this, really. :)


    Recommended for everyone.

  • #322

    This addon is amazing! It literally halved the number of surveys for me, especially on big plots. Thanks a lot, man!

  • #320

    i downloaded this but i see nothing. there's no changes to my screen. no nodes, nothing on the minimap or that green circle i saw on youtube with people using it. spent an hour trying to figure out how to work this

  • #321

    Were you in a digsite? By default the addon will show/hide when you enter/exit an active digsite.

    Try "/arh config" to bring up the options. If that command fails that means the addon is not correctly installed.

  • #317

    First, thanks for a great addon, this really helps save time with searching for nodes.

    My one comment, and I'm surprised I've not seen anyone mention this before, is that the arcs for yellow and green areas are much too broad.  Yellow should be something like 45 degrees and green around 30 degrees.  I've manually edited the tga files to match mhy experience and so far not found a node outside those.  I've not found any more official definition of the angles though.

    Last edited by hldswrth on 6/10/2014 9:55:03 AM
  • #318

    To my knowledge there is nothing official posted, they don't generally like to expose those kinds of details.

    In my hundreds of archaeology hours using this addon the zones seem about right, although it's of course very difficult to ever "prove" if the survey angle is too wide. There's also some "slop" built in because it's difficult (and unnecessary) to perfectly match your character facing to the survey indicator. The "center line" on each zone shows your exact facing for that zone, so that's always available as a reference.

  • #325

    Any chance you could share your replacement images on Dropbox or something for those who want to use them?

  • #319

    Well I've done many hours of archaeology with much smaller arcs (45 degrees for yellow and 30 for green) and never found anything outside those ranges.  The whole point of the yellow/green indicator is a more accurate range *and bearing* on the target node, so the arcs must be smaller.  Those angles were also roughly what was used by the previous addon I used (called "SAL").  I'll continue to use my custom arc images - just thought it was worth mentioning as people can waste time looking in regions that won't ever contain a node.

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