May 20, 2018: Kerak Castle, a large Crusader and Late Islamic castle, has been added to the project.
May 18, 2018: Tanninim Dam, which is source for the Byzantine Period low-level aqueduct to Caesarea Maritima, has been added to the site.
April 21, 2018: Umm el-Qanatir, a well-preserved Byzantine synagogue in the Golan, has been added to the site.
December 1, 2017: Every site in the project has been updated to Version 3, which includes a goggles version.
August 16, 2017: Bethsaida was re-photographed during the 2017 season, and the new site is now online.
August 1, 2017: Qeiyafa has been updated with new photos that now cover the entire site and the full excavations.
June 12, 2017: A two-week photographic season took place from May 10 through May 24. Many sites are being updated with new or additional photographs. Sites that have recently been updated include: Arad, Beersheba, 'En Gedi, Mazor, and Aphek.
May 30, 2017: We have completed updating all the version 1 sites to version 2. We now turn to version 3. Although much of version 3 entails behind the scenes upgrades that the user will not notice, a couple of changes will be noticable. First, all version 3 sites will be able to be tour using goggles. Second, the tour panorama will now fill the entire browser window. Supplementary photos can be revealed or hidden by toggling the photo icon at the bottom of the window.
May 8, 2017: Umm el-Jimal has been added to the project. It is a large town with numerous houses and churches, dating from the late Roman through the early Islamic periods.
April 29, 2017: Three of the churches of Rihab have been added to the project.
April 25, 2017: Deir ‘Ain ‘Abata was added to the project. It is the site of the Monastery of Saint Lot.
April 24, 2017: Amman, Roman Philadelphia, has been added to the project. It includes a Roman Theater and Temple, a Byzantine Church, and a Umayyad Palace.
March 29, 2017: The Byzantine church and monastery at Deir Qeruḥ has been added to the project.
March 26, 2017: The small castellum known as Tamar (probably not ancient Tamar) has been added to the project.
March 21, 2017: The Umayyad palace known as Qastal has been added to the project.
March 19, 2017: Mshatta, an Umayyad palace, was converted from version 1 to version 2.
March 17, 2017: Capernaum has been added to the site. It includes a synagogue, a church, and many Roman period houses.
March 12, 2017: al-Mukhayyat, which is part of the ancient city of Nebo was added to the project. It includes three Byzantine churches.
March 11, 2017: ‘Anim has been added to the project; it is a site in the Negev with an Iron Age fortress and a Byzantine synagogue.
March 10, 2017: Nitl, a Byzantine site with a double church, has been added to the project.
March 9, 2017: Horvat ‘Eleq has been added to the project. It consists of a Herodian period tetrapyrgion-type palace.
March 5, 2017: Tiberias has been updated from version 1 to version 2, and the recently excavated theater has been added.
March 4, 2017: Sa‘ad, a rural site at the eastern edge of Gilead, with a Byzantine wine press and Ayyubid house, has been added to the project.
December 20, 2016: The Virtual World Project has begun to add virtual tours that are viewed through goggles or cardboard viewers. Click on the goggles icon and follow the directions.
September 24, 2016: Audio interpretation for Mampsis, a Late Nabatean and Byzantine city in the Negev, has been added to the project.
December 31, 2015: Khirbat adh-Dharih, with a Nabatean temple and villa, was converted from version 1 to version 2.
December 29, 2015: Mar Elias was converted from version 1 to version 2. The site is a large church and monastery located at the traditional home of the prophet Elijah.
December 28, 2015: ‘Ain es-Sil, a Umayyad farmstead in the Azraq oasis, was converted from version 1 to version 2.
December 27, 2015: Azraq, an oasis site that includes a Later Roman fortress that continued to be used through the Late Islamic periods and a mosque, was converted from version 1 to version 2.
December 23, 2015: ‘En Boqeq was converted from version 1 to version 2. The site consists of a small Byzantine fort with cisterns and a Herodian period Officina.
December 21, 2015: Qasr al-Hallabat has been converted from version 1 to version 2. It includes a Quadriburgium, a mosque, several large houses, and a reservoir.
December 18, 2015: Added al-Fedein to the project. The site includes an Aramean fortress, with a Byzantine monastery and church built inside its walls, an Umayyad palace with a mosque and bath, and an Abbasid khan.
December 13, 2015: Jerusalem has been added to the project. Focus is on the Temple Mount excavations, Iron and Middle Bronze Age remains in the City of David, the monumental tombs in the Kidron Valley, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
October 23, 2015: Khirbet el-Minya is a large Umayyad palace along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee; it has been converted to version 2.
October 19, 2015: Khirbat al-Mafjar, the large Umayyad palace in the Jordan valley, has been converted to version 2.
October 15, 2015: The Herodian palace and other structures from the city center of Banias have been added.
October 9, 2015: Banias has been converted from version 1 to version 2. Only the sanctary of Pan is presently included in the project. The Herodian palace and other features of the Roman and later cities will be added soon.
October 8, 2015: Added Bab adh-Dhra‘ to the project, which is an Early Bronze city along the Dead Sea.
October 1, 2015: Added Khirbat 'Ara'ir to the project, which is the site of biblical Aroer, an Israelite fortress that was conquered and rebuilt by Mesha, King of Moab.
August 28, 2015: Added Masada to the project, which is the palace-fortress of Herod by the Dead Sea, and it was later used by the Zealots in their last stand against the Romans
July 30, 2015: Two new sites have been added to the project:
‘Ain al-Fawwar: The laura of the Spring on the Wadi Qelt between Jerusalem and Jericho
‘Aqaba: Roman-Byzantine and Islamic period towns at mercantile port on the Red Sea
July 27, 2015: The audio introductions for 7 sites were added, so that all sites now have audio introductions.
July 26, 2015: Beth She'arim was added to the project. It is known for its catacombs dating to the Late Roman Period.
July 20, 2015: The audio introductions for 41 sites were added.
July 14, 2015: A number of new sites have been added the project:
Nimrod Fortress: A muslim fortress at the foot of Mt. Hermon.
Hazaza: A waystation on the road between Yeruham and Oboda.
Beth Shemesh: A site in the Shephelah with Middle Bronze, Iron, and Byzantine remains.
Yodefat: The site of the first battle in the Jewish revolt of 67-70 CE.
June 15, 2015: A number of sites have been converted from version 1 to version 2:
Tulul Abu al-'Alayiq: Hasmonean and Herodian palaces at Jericho.
Sobata: Late Roman and Byzantine agricultural settlement in the Negev.
Hayyan al-Mushref: A Byzantine church in Jordan.
Hammat Tiberias: Two successive synagogues at the hotspring south of Tiberias.
Abu Ghosh: A Crusader church on the road to Jerusalem.
Aqua Bella: A Crusader manor with infirmary.
'Aqav: An early Roman and Byzantine agricultural estate overlooking the Mediterranean.
Khan al-Ahmar: The Byzantine monastery of Euthymius.
Kallirrhoë: Herodian (and Byzantine) Villa and Harbor on the eastern side of the Dead Sea.
December 22, 2014: Sites may now be searched based on their geographic location as displayed in satellite image maps. Simply choose the "Maps" button, next to the Help button, to go to the maps page, where you can choose a map based on one of nine zones or by traditional geographic regions.
Audio interpretation has been available for some time on the Virtual World Project. Now, a textual form of the interpretation is viewable in the same window where the bibliography is found. Above the window, one may choose between bibliography and interpretation. One may also print either by selecting the print button.