Chris has been Senior Geoarchaeologist at Quest since it was established at Reading in 2008 and previously held a similar position in ArchaeoScape from its inception at Royal Holloway in 1996. Until 1999 he was a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway, teaching courses in Geomorphology and the Quaternary of the British Isles. At Quest he provides geological and geomorphological input to tender documents, advises on investigative strategies, oversees and undertakes the geoarchaeological elements of field and laboratory investigations and plays a key role in the preparation of major reports and associated publications.
He has published more than a hundred journal papers and book chapters including studies of the Quaternary river terraces of the Thames and other rivers in southern England, the geology and archaeology of the bluestones of Stonehenge and Cenozoic landform development in southern Britain. Much of his research relates to the sedimentology and stratigraphy of gravel deposits. He has been lead author in multidisciplinary studies of key sites for the understanding of the Quaternary of southern Britain at Marsworth, Stoke Goldington and Hackney and recently co-edited a monograph on the Quaternary History and Palaeolithic Archaeology of the Axe valley in Devon. For ArchaeoScape and Quest, he has contributed to many project reports and to research publications on topics including the environmental context of the Bronze Age Dover Boat, prehistoric salt production in eastern France and the Holocene history of the Lower Thames. Chris's many years of experience bring to Quest an exceptional understanding of the landforms, sediments and Quaternary history of the areas where much of Quest's investigative work takes place.