Dr. Susan Young, an archaeologist and art historian, catalogued and studied glass from the excavation of the medieval castle of Saranda Kolones (about 1196–1222) in Paphos, Cyprus. Director of the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens, she received degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Sir George Williams University in Montreal.
“The importance of the Saranda Kolones glass is surely without question,” Dr. Young wrote in her application for the Rakow Grant. “Vessels from the glasshouse allow a glimpse of what was being produced in Cyprus during that shadowy time of the Arab occupation. In general, this period seems to have been less thoroughly explored ... than the early Byzantine centuries.”