Saarthal is the ancient capital of the Nords that was destroyed in an elven attack during the Night of Tears. Its ruins lie just south of Winterhold.
Initially the main gate requires a key, so it cannot be explored.
During an exploration of the ruins, the Eye of Magnus was discovered within its deepest depths.
Outside the excavation site, there is a Silver Ore Vein.
 Saarthal Excavation
Here the Dragonborn finds Arniel Gane as well as three Enchanted Rings and the Saarthal Amulet. There is also one Iron Ore Vein, an alchemy lab and a copy of the book Dragon Language: Myth no More.
Beyond the site where the Eye is discovered is a door leading to a word wall with one of the words for the Ice Form shout.
 Items of Note
- Outside: a little camp with bed roll ×2 and urn ~100 value (L59).