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Quest is a well-established commercial enterprise within the at the University of Reading. We provide an expert service to:

  • academic departments,
  • research projects,
  • archaeological units,
  • environmental consultancies
  • government organisations. 

Over the last 20 years, members of the Quest team have been involved in a wide range of urban and rural projects, across the British Isles, Europe and beyond. These projects have included all aspects of Archaeological and Quaternary Science including environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology, geochronology, micromorphology, archaeobotany/palaeobotany, zooarchaeology/ palaeozoology and geochemistry. 

Our well-qualified, longstanding team, has a wealth of experience in the field of pre-development investigation and can manage your project from initial set up and design, right through to publication.

In addition to the core team, the business has access to a network of specialist and technical staff that service all aspects of archaeological science contract work. Quest therefore provides a hassle-free solution for all your needs, at competitive prices.

We have a sound record of delivering high quality results, efficiently, on budget and on time. We are happy to take on projects at any stage of the planning process and will provide a bespoke quote within two days where possible. With over 150 clients worldwide, spanning a range of disciplines and sectors, we pride ourselves on our strong client relationships and the individual care we show each project, big or small.


Contact us

Rob Batchelor

+44 (0) 118 378 8941

+44 (0) 7734 530 438 


Mike Simmonds  

+44 (0) 118 378 8853

+44 (0) 7713 088 568


Postal Address:

Quaternary Scientific
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES)
The University of Reading
PO Box 227

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