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The Virtual World Project presents interactive virtual tours of archaeological sites in Israel and Jordan. The project is designed to aid in the teaching and study of antiquity.

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The Virtual World Project is a digital humanities project in the archaeology of Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. It utilizes interactive and virtual reality technologies to present tours of archaeological sites in Israel and Jordan from the Paleolithic through the Crusader and Late Islamic periods. The purpose of the project is threefold:

  1. Technological: Create interactive virtual tours of the ancient world (Israel, Palestine, and Jordan) using the best available computer technologies;
  2. Pedagogical: Provide a resource for scholars and teachers across a variety of disciplines related to the ancient world;
  3. Conservational: Provide a visual database of the material remains of the ancient world as they presently exist.

The virtual tours are constructed from a series of 360-degree panoramic and spherical images that are linked together to cover an entire site. Simply drag the cursor across the image to rotate the view. The images will be linked in multiple and in intuitive ways so that viewers may “wander” through the site according to their interests, clicking on hotspots to move from one spot to another. Navigation through the site will also be linked to an interactive, detailed map of the archaeological remains that viewers can orient themselves within the site and jump to any other location. The tours also include audio and textual introductions to the sites, and some sites have audio and textual interpretations at various spots. Each site also includes an extensive bibliography for further research.

The Virtual World Project uses HTML5 and thus requires the most recent version of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. The project does not support Internet Explorer.
VR Director and Web Master: Ronald A. Simkins

Sound Director and Narrator: Nicolae Roddy
Partial funding for the project has been provided by the Kripke Center, the Graduate School, and the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion.