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The Black Sea MAP expedition

September 2017

The three-year Black Sea MAP expedition was the largest underwater archaeological project of its kind, and investigated the changes in the ancient environment of the Black Sea region including the impact of sea level change during the last glacial cycle.

The Black Sea MAP project was conceived by Hans K. Rausing who established the Expedition and Education Foundation to commission the project. The Foundation’s work is funded by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.                      

The expedition unveiled 60 astonishingly well-preserved shipwrecks during its duration, which helped write the history of nearly 2500 years of seafaring tradition.

On 19th September 2017, the expedition returned from its third and final field season.

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Gloucestershire Local Charity Tea Party

August 2017

In August 2017, Julia and Hans Rausing held a Garden Tea Party in Gloucestershire for 14 local charities supported by the charitable trust. The charities included employment training schemes, animal welfare, care for the elderly, restoration of historic buildings, services for children and young people, medical treatment support and addiction treatment services.