Karanis Housing Project
meet the team

Olivia Fountain

Olivia Fountain studies classical civilizations at Oberlin College. She was involved with the Karanis project during the summer of 2015, when she worked on making the map of site accessible online. She is starting her junior year in Athens, Greece, where she is excited to learn about Greek culture firsthand, study tragedy and epic poetry, and visit ancient archaeological sites.

Olivia Fountain

Miranda Rutherford

Miranda Rutherford graduated from Oberlin in 2015 with a double major in Religion and Classical Civilizations. She currently works as an immigration paralegal in Silicon Valley and plans to pursue a career in Internet and privacy law. In her spare time, she likes watching French musicals, brushing up on her programming skills, and learning more about all the exciting things that happened thousands of years ago.

Miranda Rutherford

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds graduated from Oberlin College in 2014 with a double major in Greek and Latin. He is currently a second year graduate student in Classical Archaeology at UC Berkeley, where he studies Roman trade in the ancient Near East, cross-cultural exchanges, and of course GIS. He recently returned from a dig in Israel, and hopes eventually to excavate at a Roman era port. This year he will be completing a Master’s thesis on Roman maritime trade in the Red Sea.

Ryan Reynolds

Aaron Henry

Aaron Henry is a 2nd year prospective Anthropology major hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Aaron is a Quest Scholar and is the current Liaison, a Bonner Scholar, is co-Chair in the Debate Team, and is an eating member at Third-World Co-op. In his free time he loves to read, shoot photography, and discuss and organize about political, and religious intersectional topics.

Aaron Henry

Drew Wilburn

Drew Wilburn is Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Classics Department and the Archaeological Studies Curricular Committee. His research focuses on the material evidence of ritual and magical practice in the ancient world. His first book, Materia Magica: The archaeology of magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus and Spain was published in 2013. His current research explores the place of magic and ritual in the domestic sphere. Dr. Wilburn is the Principal Investigator of the Karanis Housing Project, which has been funded by internal grants, grants from the Oberlin-Kalamazoo-University of Michigan Collaborative Program, and a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation funded Five Colleges of Ohio Digital Projects Portal. Dr. Wilburn has worked at archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean and has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus, a fellowship for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship.

Drew Wilburn

Susanna Faas-Bush

Susanna Faas-Bush is a second year Latin major. She fell in love with the language in her first year of high school, and she hasn't looked back since. Recently, archaeology has also caught her eye. She worked with the Harvard Art Museums this summer to categorize and document their collection of ancient Roman glass. She also spent a happy (and hot) July in Italy at the Sangro Valley Project, Oberlin's archaeological field school. She'd never licked so much pottery, rock, and bone before.

Susanna Faas-Bush