The Virtual World Project is a digital humanities project in the archaeology of Israel 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:
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.