Legacy Research is a woman-owned cultural resource consulting firm in Western North Carolina. The company has over 20 years of experience helping clients comply with state and federal legislation that protects significant archaeological resources.
Deborah Joy is the owner and Principal Investigator of Legacy Research. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and has an MA from Duke University focused on Native American Studies.
The company has been certified by the US Small Business Administration, the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Legacy Research provides a team of highly qualified and
experienced archaeologists and historians who specialize in identifying and evaluating historic and prehistoric sites. When needed, other specialists, such as architectural historians, geomorphologists, paleobotanists, and underwater
archaeologists, are subcontracted for their professional expertise. Recognized laboratories for radiocarbon dating and special analysis (lithic, ceramics, floral, faunal, and pollen) are utilized. Legacy maintains or has access to all field and lab equipment, including heavy earth-moving machinery, to conduct cultural resource investigations successfully.
Deborah Joy has over 20 years of experience conducting archaeological investigations in the southeastern US and the Caribbean. She is experienced in all levels of investigation: cultural resource surveys, National Register of Historic Places evaluations, and construction monitoring. Before Legacy, she was a staff archaeologist at the North Carolina Department of Transportation and, in that capacity, conducted numerous studies for road improvement and bridge replacement projects, as well as intensive background research studies for multi-lane new-location roadways.
Legacy Research provides archaeological, environmental management, and GIS services. We collect, analyze, and interpret data to meet our client’s needs and regulatory agency requirements. Our work is conducted according to professional standards established in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation (Federal Register 48).
The following list of project types highlights our experience.