The principals of Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, Inc. are actively involved in the day to day activities of the company and provide quality control and oversight.

Karen (Kay) G. Wood, RPA, President, began the company in 1993 and was soon joined by her husband Dean Wood, RPA, who serves as Principal Archaeologist. Kay, as President, is responsible for the business operations and history projects while Dean is responsible for all archaeology projects. Together, they have 65 years of historic preservation experience in the Southeastern United States.

Southern Research is qualified to conduct archaeological and historical studies, as well as provide Cultural Resource Management (CRM) assistance across seven southeastern states. Our firm is incorporated in Georgia and maintains laboratory facilities and a business office in historic Waverly Hall, Georgia. We meet the Small Business Administration’s requirements for a woman-owned, small business.

Southern Research's owners and senior staff have extensive knowledge of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for historic preservation projects. They have successfully completed Federal Training Courses on:

  • Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act
  • Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Historic Preservation and HUD Projects

Southern Research is qualified to conduct any size project required by our clients. In the past this has ranged from one day reconnaissance surveys for telecommunications towers, to very large, multi-year survey and data recovery projects. We are qualified to conduct archaeological and historical studies for the following kinds of developments:

  • Cellular phone and television towers
  • Commercial development
  • Industrial parks
  • Mining activities
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Reservoirs
  • Residential development
  • Transportation corridors
  • Urban redevelopment

Who hires Southern Research?


  • ATC Associates, Marietta, Georgia
  • Applied Technology and Management, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cranston, Robertson, and Whitehurst, Augusta, Georgia
  • Christman Company, Lansing, Michigan
  • Earth Tech, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • ECS, Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ellis & Associates, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Farner Barley and Associates, West Point, Georgia
  • Gallet & Associates, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama
  • Garver Engineers, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Golder Associates, Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida
  • Greenhorne and O’Mara, Marietta, Georgia
  • Hargreaves Associates, Cambridge, Massaschusetts
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hill–Staton Engineers, Columbus, Georgia
  • Ingram and Associates, Macon, Georgia
  • Jordan Jones and Goulding, Norcross, Georgia
  • Metcalf and Eddy, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Moon Meeks Mason and Vinson, Columbus, Georgia
  • Mulkey Engineers and Consultants, Inc, Roswell, Georgia
  • O’Brien and Gere, Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, Georgia
  • PBS&J, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Pond and Company, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Prime Engineering, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
  • Terracon, Duluth, Georgia
  • Universal Engineering, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Watkins Engineers, Tifton, Georgia


  • Brent Scarbrough and Company, Fayetteville, Georgia
  • City of Dalton, Georgia
  • Corblu Ecology, LLC., Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Dr. Elizabeth Dreelin, Columbus, Georgia
  • Ecological Solutions, Roswell, Georgia
  • Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mr. Doc Kibler, Rome, Georgia
  • Temple - Inland Inc., Rome, Georgia
  • Linear Projects, Inc., Savannah, Georgia
  • Nutter Associates, Athens, Georgia, Georgia
  • Practicable Environmental Solutions, LLC, Parksburg, Pennsylvania
  • Three Creeks Cattle, LLC., Gainesville, Georgia
  • Wildlands, Inc., Lawrenceville, Georgia


  • Building and Earth Sciences, Columbus, Georgia
  • Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Macon, Georgia
  • Pace Geotechnical, Inc., Stockbridge, Georgia


  • Affordable Equity Partners, Columbia, Missouri
  • B&E Developers, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Calhoun and Blanchard, Augusta, Georgia
  • Canal Wood Corporation, Augusta, Georgia
  • Chattahoochee Group, Fort Gaines, Georgia
  • Flournoy Development Company, Columbus, Georgia
  • John D. Harrison, Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Jasmine Properties, Warner Robbins, Georgia
  • Lake Florence Corporation, Columbus, Georgia
  • Mountain Creek Valley, Inc., Columbus, Georgia
  • Mulberry Grove Development Company, Columbus, Georgia
  • Richard Waddell, Columbus, Georgia
  • Stone Brook Development, Gray, Georgia
  • Wil White, Columbus, Georgia


  • Clement and Wynn, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hughes Good O’Leary and Ryan, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jaeger Company, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Lord Aeck & Sargent, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rakestraw Associates, Tifton, Georgia
  • Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein, Atlanta, Georgia


  • Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
  • Chieftains Museum, Rome, Georgia
  • National Council of SHPOs, Washington, D. C.
  • Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation, Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia
  • Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, Georgia
  • Macon State College, Macon, Georgia
  • National Infantry Foundation, Columbus, Georgia
  • Port Columbus, Civil War Naval Museum, Columbus, Georgia
  • Roswell Historical Society, Roswell, Georgia
  • Savannah Sate University, Savannah, Georgia
  • University System of Georgia


  • Augusta Canal Authority, Augusta, Georgia
  • CSRA, Unified Development Authority, Augusta, Georgia
  • Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Management Authority, Dalton, Georgia
  • Development Authority of LaGrange, Georgia
  • Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Development Authority, Fitzgerald, Georgia
  • Georgia Ports Authority, Savannah, Georgia
  • Housing Authority of Savannah, Georgia
  • Jekyll Island Authority, Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority, Georgia


  • Georgia Power Company, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgia Transmission Corporation, Tucker, Georgia
  • Southern Rivers Energy, Barnesville, Georgia
  • Yellow Pine Energy Company, LLC, Newton, Massachusetts


  • American Tower, Atlanta, Georgia and Hollandale, Florida
  • K-Plus Environmental, Chicago, Illinois
  • Signal One, LLC, Chattanooga, Tennessee


  • US Army, Fort Benning, Georgia
  • US Army, Fort Stewart, Georgia


  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia


  • National Park Service, Atlanta


  • Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
  • Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
  • Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina
  • Sumter National Forest, South Carolina


  • Alabama Historical Commission, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Historic Preservation Division, Georgia DNR, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Office of Environment/Location, Georgia DOT, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Parks and Recreation Division, Georgia DNR, Atlanta, Georgia


  • City of Columbus, Georgia
  • City of Phenix City, Alabama
  • City of Newnan, Georgia
  • City of Savannah, Georgia
  • City of Cartersville, Georgia
  • City of West Point, Georgia
  • City of Jacksonville. Florida
  • City of Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Bartow County School System, Cartersville, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Butts County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Bartow, County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Clay County, North Carolina
  • Board of Commissioners, Early County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Glynn County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Harris County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Jackson County, Alabama
  • Board of Commissioners, Madison County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Towns County, Georgia
  • Board of Commissioners, Warren County, Georgia