The players travel as archaeologists around Europein order to acquire the necessary knowledge for their excavation expeditions. With the aid of assistants, players get needed equipment and services for their expeditions.
Once properly equipped, the players head off to Egypt, Crete, or Mesopotamia to dig at the sites there for valuable artifacts, which will bring them fame and enhance their reputations in the form of victory points. Players who can arrange exhibitions and visiting congresses will add to their reputations (victory points).
But all this costs time and time is, of course, a limited resource. Who best uses his time for planning excava- tions and exhibitions, will score the most victory points and win the game.