The AURORA Trust Foundation was formed by Ian Koblick and Craig Mullen to advance the world’s understanding of the ocean environment, most particularly its marine cultural heritage hidden for thousands of years on the seafloor, and to educate the public concerning the historic role the oceans have played in connecting different cultures, its commerce and conflicts.

The AURORA Trust Foundation has assembled a world-class team of marine archeologists and ocean scientists to undertake exploration of the seafloor in search of the lost remains of our maritime past. The AURORA Foundation team, utilizing state-of-the-art tools to explore the ocean depths, has made numerous magnificent discoveries in the marginal waters of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The AURORA Trust Foundation was established to help disseminate its discoveries and publicize those of other similar groups exploring the world’s oceans. It provides educational forums, and sponsors academic research and related publications to broaden the spread of knowledge.