Staff

Mr. Bobby Southerlin (B.A., University of South Carolina; M.A.,University of Georgia) has over 25 years experience in Southeastern archaeology. He has participated in and managed all phases of archaeological investigations for both research facilities and cultural resource management (CRM) firms. Mr. Southerlin served as Vice President for one of the largest CRM firms in the Southeast for eight years before establishing ACC, Inc. His research interests include prehistoric settlement patterns and technologies and the naval store industry. He is a primitive technologist and produces museum quality reproductions of prehistoric ceramics and stone tools. Mr. Southerlin is CEO of ACC, Inc., and serves as Senior Archaeologist and Principal Investigator. Click here for detailed resume.

Ms. Dawn Reid (B.S., University of California; M.A., University of Georgia) has 25 years experience in archaeology. She has worked extensively in California, the Southwest, and Mesoamerica, but has focused on the Southeast for the last 10 years. She has conducted all levels of archaeological investigations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Her research interests include prehistoric subsistence patterns and she specializes in the analyses of faunal remains recovered from prehistoric sites. Ms. Reid is President of ACC, Inc. and serves as Senior Archaeologist and Principal Investigator. Click here for detailed resume.

Mr. Michael O’Neal (B.A., Appalachian State University; M.A., University of Arkansas) has ten years experience in southeastern archaeology. His master’s work focused on ground stone technology from the Middle Missouri Subarea in South Dakota. Mr. O’Neal has worked in Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mr. O’Neal has participated in numerous survey and testing projects, as well as serving as Project Manager on several surveys in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina. His interests include lithic technology, ceramics, and geographic information systems. Mr. O’Neal currently holds the position of Senior Archaeologist. Click here for detailed resume.

 Ms. Brooke Brilliant (B.S., College of Charleston; M.A. University of South Carolina) has seven years experience in southeastern archaeology and is an active member of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina. Her master’s work examined the colonial interactions between Native Americans and African Americans in the South Carolina Lowcountry through an analysis of colonoware. Ms. Brilliant has worked in South Carolina, North Carolina,  Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and New Hampshire. She is interested in the African diaspora in the New World, colonial interactions, creolization and ethnogenesis.  Ms. Brilliant currently holds the position of Laboratory Director and Communications Projects Liaison. She also serves as Graphics Artist.  Click here for detailed resume.

Ms. Katherine Parker (B.A., University of South Carolina) has four years experience in southeastern archaeology.  She is an active member of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.  Ms. Parker has worked in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.  She is interested in the evolution of architecture in Mississippian contexts and conflict-induced landscape modifications, and has technical interests in archaeological conservation and remote sensing.  Ms. Parker performs a wide variety of tasks including field work, laboratory analysis, and report writing.  She also manages electrolysis for the conservation of archaeological metal artifacts.

Mr. Luan Cao (B.A./B.S., University of Mary Washington; M.S., University of Georgia) is the newest member of our team.  He has nearly 10 years of experience in southeastern archaeology and holds degrees in both geology and historic preservation.  His technical skills include ArcGIS and Spatial Analyis.  His research interests focus on geoarchaeology and historic period sites.  Mr. Cao serves as staff archaeologist and project director for projects in North Carolina and Virginia.