The University of Michigan team excavated over 100 structures at Karanis, ranging from small one-storey houses to multi-storey structures. For each structure the excavators provided detailed plans that identified rooms, courtyards and other architectural features such as bins with individual letters. Finds are identified with reference to structure and room number, allowing allocation of finds to particular locations. Only a selection of the structures and finds from Karanis were ever published.

For the purposes of the present project we have identified two understudied structures. One (C65) is more interesting for its architectural features and the copious plans, cross-sections and maps left by the excavators; the other (C137) offers many possibilities to understand domestic life through the abundance and variety of finds, including artifacts and papyri.