Bunce Island Slave Castle
Importance for African Americans
Virtual Archaeology Project
Bunce Island Weblinks
Clues from History and Archaeology
Brief History of Bunce Island
Bunce Island Reconstructed
Project Team and Sponsors
The Castle Complex
Where We Go From Here . . . . .
Visit Bunce Island in 1805
Make a Contribution

Two More Stages:
The Interiors and Human Figures

© 2008 Chatelain and Opala
Interior view of the 3rd floor of the office tower

The computer model now includes the British castle with its European-style buildings, the African workers' village at the south end of the island with its traditional thatched-roof dwellings, and the complicated terrain of the island itself with small hills at each end and a dip, or valley, in between. The next stage is to fill the castle's interior spaces with period furnishings, slave trading goods, cargo, and 18th century artifacts of various types. We have already begun work on this stage, but finishing it will require hundreds more man-hours of work.

© 2008 Chatelain and Opala
Interior view of the 3rd floor of the office tower (wide angle)

The last stage in the project will be to create animated human figures representing the people who inhabited the castle -- the British slave traders and their African workers; the slave merchants who came to the castle with captives and goods to sell; a visiting slave ship captain and his crew; the local African king who came to the castle once a year to collect his rent; and the enslaved men, women and children imprisoned in Bunce Island's open-air "slave yards." We have contacted human figure animators who can do this highly technical work, including a computer consulting firm in Sierra Leone, called "SBTS Group." But this final stage is very labor-intensive, and we will not be able to complete it without more donor contributions. If we can finish this project, viewers will be able to click their way into every building on Bunce Island and see every aspect of the slave trade as it went on there 200 years ago.

Yale Center for British Art
Drawing of slaves in Sierra Leone, 1805
SBTS Group
Computer-generated figure based on the 1805 drawing

We will create a unique educational resource that will be available online and in libraries and used in books, documentary films, and museum exhibits. Our goal is to present the Atlantic slave trade in an almost photo-realistic way, so that modern viewers will be able to grasp its impact and meaning as never before.

But we need your help. Virtual archaeology is costly and detailed work.
If you would like to help us finish the Bunce Island Virtual Archaeology Project, please see the following section:

Make a Contribution

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