Minecraft Archaeology explained - what you need to know

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Minecraft has come an awful long way in a short amount of time. With both updates to Caves and Cliffs and plans for the future, there's so much to prepare for. Here's what you should know about Archaeology.

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After months of teases, Minecraft 1.18 finally has a release date. You can play the latest update for yourself on November 30th.

Unfortunately, Archaeology has been held back from this update and we can finally play it for ourselves at some point in the future.

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Archaeology and where to do it

The new element of Minecraft gameplay will add an exciting option for intrepid explorers, enabling the possibility of even finding diamond blocks for a lucky few.

These ‘Archaeology Areas’ are spread around your new world, with other potential finds including emerald blocks, or so the trailer shows.

Commonly, players will unearth shards of pots, which you will find in just the same way as the diamond and emerald blocks.

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BURN BABY BURN: Add shards to your pottery for a custom look

You can then use these shards, called Ceramic Shards, to customize or construct new pots.

New tools

As Minecraft continues to get updates, we will see new tools to use.

In the case of archaeology, this means a new brush tool.

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NEW TOOLS: The new brush won't be for your teeth!

Players use this to delicately brush away dirt and gravel blocks to reveal what is inside.

What does it add to Minecraft?

We are sure that the Minecraft audience will be as imaginative as always and come up with exciting ways to integrate archaeology into the lore.

Is the pottery from your world the remnants from an ancient civilisation? Or are the emerald blocks you find treasures marked out by a pirate map?

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No matter which way you look at it, the addition of archaeology adds countless story-telling possibilities to the game!

When will we see the Minecraft Archaeology update?

It seems likely that we will have to wait until 2022 to see this as it has been pushed back. As of right now, it is not a priority for the team and The Wild will be a more important update.

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