Thokeology You hit the excavations with your fist occasionally screaming "You will feed <player name>!" (doesn't appear on chat) Materials get thrown behind back. Artifacts have you rip it out with your teeth.
Sure, why not. We've got animation overrides for Mining and Woodcutting where we smash into rocks and trees with our fists; having an animation for Archaeology where we dig with our bare hands and throw resources away from caches like a cartoon character digging through their belongings wouldn't be too out of the ordinary.