View of Charlestown Jewish Cemetery in June, 2015

View of Charlestown Jewish Cemetery in June, 2015

The Jewish Cemetery in Charlestown, Nevis is truly a unique heritage site. Within its current boundaries are the remains of numerous Jewish graves dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. There are 19 marked burials, and previous archaeological work suggesting as many as 44 additional, unmarked burials may be present at the site.

In partnership with the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) and researchers from the University of Florida, DHI is constructing a virtual world of Charlestown’s Jewish Cemetery. This unique resource preserves the legacy of early Jewish pioneers who called Nevis their home in the 1600s and later.

Illustrating the workflow of taking a rough photogrammetry model and refining it with Blender for use in Unity 3D.

Illustrating the workflow of taking a rough photogrammetry model and refining it with Blender for use in Unity 3D.

Each marker was documented using photogrammetry during our visit to the site in June, 2015. The photogrammetry was processed using AgiSoft’s PhotoScan software and the resulting models were edited in Blender. We also mapped the site’s ground surface with a total station, allowing us to re-create the site’s physical landform with great accuracy. All of this data is combined in a game engine (software used to create video games) to support the construction of a virtual world. This virtual world was constructed with Unity 3D.

Prototype view of the Charlestown Jewish Cemetery Virtual World

Prototype view of the Charlestown Jewish Cemetery Virtual World

You can explore the virtual world prototype here.