Archaeology: The Card Game*

Archaeology: The Card Game immerses players in the thrilling world of Egyptian archaeology, where discovering ancient artifacts is the key to fame and fortune. Each player assumes the role of an archaeologist excavating sites in the Egyptian desert, aiming to uncover valuable treasures and sell them to the museum for profit.

Gameplay Highlights

  • Treasure Hunting: Players draw cards from the dig site pile to find pieces of artifacts and treasures. Completing sets of these items can lead to significant payouts when sold to the museum.
  • Marketplace Dynamics: Strategic trading at the local marketplace allows players to enhance the value of their collections, making timing and negotiation crucial elements of the game.
  • Pyramid Exploration: Using maps found during the excavation, players can venture into an ancient pyramid in search of hidden treasures, adding an element of risk and reward to their archaeological endeavors.
  • Dangers of the Desert: The game introduces challenges such as sandstorms that can disrupt players' plans and thieves who can steal valuable treasures, forcing players to adapt their strategies.

Victory Conditions

The objective is to accumulate the most wealth by the game's end. Players must carefully balance the timing of selling artifact sets to the museum, guarding against potential losses due to theft or sandstorms, and maximizing the value of their trades.


Archaeology: The Card Game offers a compelling blend of strategy, risk, and negotiation, set against the backdrop of the mystifying Egyptian desert. With its simple yet engaging mechanics, the game captures the essence of the archaeological quest for ancient treasures, making it a captivating experience for players looking to delve into the world of excavation and discovery. Whether navigating the hazards of the desert, outsmarting rivals, or securing priceless artifacts, players will need both luck and strategy to emerge as the most successful archaeologist.

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  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 20 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Archaeology: The Card Game so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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