Since the early 1970s, archaeologist Kathy Deagan has managed to do something that would be intimidating to some.
entered a field that, at the time, was scarce for jobs, which was especially true for women.
Now Deagan, Ph.D., is a distinguished research curator of archaeology and adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History and on Jan. 21, she'll be giving a talk at Flagler College.
was a Navy kid who moved a lot.
Deagan attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate and graduate degree.
wasn't enrolled in the program.
"I didn't know that much about it," she
said, "but it wasn't until a few classes in college that I got hooked."
The archaeologist said she
was interested in the program but being that jobs in the field of archaeology were scarce, especially for women at that time, she
These days, she
said, there's almost as many women in the field of archaeology as there are men.
, the job offers variety because it allows for hands-on experience at the digging site and lab work experience when it comes time to process artifacts.
"You get the best of both worlds, I think," she
Digging in St. Augustine
has primarily focused on the archaeology of the Spanish colonial period in Florida and the Caribbean.
considered to be one of the world's leading authorities on archaeological explorations of the original campsite established by St. Augustine's founder Don Pedro Menendez.
done digs all over the city of St. Augustine, written eight books and more than 65 scientific papers and says she's
grateful the city has an archaeological program.
also says when she
first started, typical American history was at the forefront until she
and other researchers started unearthing some of St. Augustine's real history.
Halbirt, who's known Deagan
for at least 25 years, said working with her has been a wonderful experience.
has been retired from teaching for more than 30 years, she
said archaeology and research just isn't something she
can give up.
"With the 450th, it's been really hard to just stop working," she
That being said, Deagan's keeping up with her
work and giving a talk this month about the ups and downs of archaeology in relation to the discoveries at the Menendez Encampment site.
crew just kind of found the site by accident in the 1970s and they've been digging ever since.
Because that area, located at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, has been flooded a lot, Deagan
said it's taken a while to determine that that was the site.
given talks about this topic before but instead of focusing on all of the discoveries themselves, she'll talk some about her
experience as an archaeologist.