Last Updated on April 30, 2013

Category: Minecraft Mods

Players do a lot of digging in Minecraft. But despite all that digging, you never encounter fossils, bones, or other artifacts underground. If you started excavating hillsides in the real world, you would probably encounter some tools or bones eventually. So why don’t you find anything in Minecraft?

Well, that’s a problem that one team of modders seeks to solve. The Fossil/Archaeology mod for Minecraft adds special types of blocks to your Minecraft world. Those blocks include:

-Fossils: Fossils closely resemble stone blocks, although they do look slightly different. They are also harder than stone. When breaking a fossil block apart, players will find bio-fossils, relics, bones, skulls, broken swords, and scarab gems (although scarab gems are incredibly rare).

-Permafrost and iced-stones: Along with fossil blocks, players will encounter permafrost and iced-stones underground. These stones also contain organic matter from ancient times and can be broken down (or brought into direct sunlight) to allow players to see what’s inside.

-Skulls and Skull Lanterns: Many years ago, an ancient civilization lived in your Minecraft world. Today, skulls are all that remain of that civilization. You’ll find skulls while digging underground. And although they look like authentic skulls when you first dig them up, these blocks will light up like Jack O Lanterns when you place a torch inside of them. You can also change skulls into bone meal.

-Analyzer: Ready to figure out what kind of fossils you dug up? You’ll need the Analyzer to do that. The Analyzer identifies the bio-fossils and relics you picked up when breaking apart fossil blocks. The Analyzer also restores relics into stoneboards, which can contain a message from the ancient civilization. Cool!

-Cultivate: Sometimes, when you’re breaking apart fossil blocks and putting the pieces through your Analyzer, you will encounter DNA. DNA is a very special thing to find in fossils because it allows you to use the Cultivate tool to turn this DNA into living creatures. We’ll talk about the types of living creatures you can make in a moment. But if something goes wrong with the Cultivate tool, you can expect to deal with a “monster outbreak.”

-Archaeology Workbench: This workbench makes the broken items and weapons you find underground usable. If you find a broken sword, for example, then the workbench will turn that sword into usable equipment. The process isn’t instant, and it can take quite a bit of time for the workbench to successfully recreate a sword.

New mobs

This mod adds over a dozen types of dinosaurs and ancient creatures into the game, making it far more than a simple archaeology mod. Those new creatures include:

-Tyrannosaurus Rex



-Saber-toothed Cat


-Anu (a ZombiePigman Emperor)

This mod is exceptionally deep. It’s not strictly a creature mod, nor is it just an archeology or ancient weapons mod. Instead, it adds an entirely new dynamic into the Minecraft world. If you want your underground digging efforts to be rewarded with fossils and other cool materials, then the Fossil/Archaeology mod is well worth a download.

How to install the Fossil/Archaeology Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5

Step 1) Download and install Minecraft Forge

Step 2) Download the mod’s folder ( from this forum thread

Step 3) Unzip the folder and drag it into the .minecraft/mods folder

Step 4) Check to make sure mods/mod_Fossil folder has class files directly inside and do not keep inside the mods folder

Step 5) Start playing and enjoy!

  • luigi

    Unfortunately the mod seemed to have been removed from dropbox. Can anyone help? Flammarilva are you able to put it up somewhere? Looks like a great mod, would really like to play it.

  • SkyThekidRS

    It seems i cannot do it with Magic Laucher! Why?

    • Luis Ruiz

      how do you download it

  • Elvis Prom

    I GOT CRASH BY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elvis Prom

    r you sure it for 1.5.1?

  • DragonslayerNN

    when i play it, i cant get any dna from the analusers D:
    is this a bug?

    • Mr. Nobody

      Well it could be a bug but it could also be your luck.

  • DragonslayerNN


  • Z101

    The link for download seems to point to a version for 1.3.2, not 1.5.1. Is there a mod for 1.5.1 still available?

  • Matthew Nathan Fernandez

    where to find the mod fossil zip

  • ruvim09

    how do you get these mod

  • LadyLilly


    • Mr. Nobody

      Wait a minute…what download? or are you saying that there is no download? If you are then exactly…where is the download.

  • rain

    i cant find the download button help

  • mario101

    where is the download

    • MinecraftDLs

      If you click “from this forum thread”, you will be directed to the download.

  • the death

    where is the download button

    • BrooksMc

      ya idk where this so called thread is

      • MinecraftDLs

        If you click “from this forum thread”, you will be directed to the download.

    • MinecraftDLs

      If you click “from this forum thread”, you will be directed to the download.

  • Yoshisteve67

    download link please?

    • MinecraftDLs

      If you click “from this forum thread”, you will be directed to the download. Happy Modding!

  • Knightpoop

    where is the download button

    • MinecraftDLs

      If you click “from this forum thread”, you will be directed to the download.

  • SasquatchMan7199

    This won’t work for 1.7.2

  • This is the worst page ever.

    Poop. Where Is the freaking download. Shitty webside. Where is the download!? Where!!!!!!!!!

  • ana

    where is the download button

    • Mr. Nobody

      There is no download button that’s the problem.

  • Mr. Nobody

    Oh realy? O.k then where actualy IS the THREAD?

  • IamKitKat

    Where’s the DOWNLOAD?!

  • Shit

    Just crap

  • KirraBarbieri


  • KirraBarbieri

    click this forum thread that the download IDOT

  • KirraBarbieri

    when you hover your mouse over it it will highlight red and then click that’s the download

  • fv

    fuck kabeldeutschland this are motherfuckers

  • fv

    fuck u bitches sniztches i fuck u

  • Ezio2100

    where is the download?



  • ahmad

    i cant find it can someone help

  • OreoLash

    Theres no download button

  • jack

    why the fuck is there no download button

  • VogroMaster

    No data recieved?

  • Bruno Pereira Wiedtheuper

    Fuuuck you Admin
    of this page