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Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan

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Lockwood Professor

Local Address: GAINESVILLE, Florida, United States
University of Florida
2015 North Jefferson Street
Jacksonville , Florida 32206
United States

Company Description: The University of Florida is one of the nation's largest public universities. A member of the Association of American Universities, UF receives more than $550...   more
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  • Ph.D.
    Flagler College
  • University of Florida
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Since the early 1970s, archaeologist ...
staugustine.com, 11 Jan 2015 [cached]
Since the early 1970s, archaeologist Kathy Deagan has managed to do something that would be intimidating to some.
She 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.
Getting her hands dirty
Deagan said she was a Navy kid who moved a lot.
Deagan attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate and graduate degree. Initially, Deagan said she 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 had her reservations.
These days, she said, there's almost as many women in the field of archaeology as there are men.
For Deagan, 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 said.
Digging in St. Augustine
Deagan's research has primarily focused on the archaeology of the Spanish colonial period in Florida and the Caribbean. She's 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.
She's 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.
However, Deagan 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.
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Halbirt, who's known Deagan for at least 25 years, said working with her has been a wonderful experience.
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Although Deagan 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 said.
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.
Deagan said she and her 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.
She's 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.
University of Florida archaeologist and ...
staugustine.com, 30 April 2014 [cached]
University of Florida archaeologist and professor Kathy Deagan has explored and dug in Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine since 1976. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM University of Florida archaeologist and professor Kathy Deagan has explored and dug in Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine since 1976.
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University of Florida archaeologist Kathy Deagan's latest dig on the grounds of the Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine is in the northeast corner of the park. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM University of Florida archaeologist Kathy Deagan's latest dig on the grounds of the Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine is in the northeast corner of the park.
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PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM? University of Florida archaeologist Kathy Deagan and colleague Greg Smith work in a trench dug on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on Thursday, April 23, 2014, in St. Augustine.
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PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM? University of Florida archaeologist Kathy Deagan and colleague Greg Smith work in a trench dug on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on Thursday, April 23, 2014, in St. Augustine.
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PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM? University of Florida archaeologist Kathy Deagan and colleague Greg Smith work in a trench dug on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on Thursday, April 23, 2014, in St. Augustine.
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Volunteers Nick McAuliffe and Toni Wallace show Kathy Deagan a piece of pottery they found while looking through material dug from grounds of Fountain of Youth. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM Volunteers Nick McAuliffe and Toni Wallace show Kathy Deagan a piece of pottery they found while looking through material dug from grounds of Fountain of Youth.
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Looking for artifacts, volunteer Toni Wallace uses a water hose to wash away dirt from material dug from grounds of Fountain of Youth by archeologists working with Kathy Deagan.
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"It's just like a giant puzzle with no picture to go by," said lead researcher Kathy Deagan, who is a distinguished research curator of archaeology at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History.
Finding an untouched original settlement is rare, Deagan said. Most early settlements have been lost in the whirlwind of expansion and development.
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They found a large wall near some buildings, presumed to be a defensive wall and the dividing line between the settlement and the outside world, Deagan said.
Then, the University of Florida received documents last summer from the family member of an archaeologist who'd worked on the first colony site in the 1950s. Researchers had known of John Goggin's work, but they couldn't compare his work to their findings because he took his field notes with him when he left the University of Florida and was difficult to track down, Keating said.
Once Deagan had Goggin's work in her hands, she and her team saw there seemed to be buildings north of the defensive wall.
They spent the last two months excavating that area and found more Spanish buildings in an area spotted with trees and picnic benches. They also discovered that the settlement's defensive wall is larger than previously thought and might be part of a larger structure such as a fort, Deagan said.
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to Dr. Kathy Deagan and her crew for another successful season at FOY!
Looking forward to more details of our first European settlement and the people who were here to greet them.
Dr. Deagan is a national treasure!
Serving as keynote speaker was ...
staugustine.com, 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
Serving as keynote speaker was Kathy Deagan, distinguished research curator for the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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c) The keynote speaker was Kathleen Deagan whose academic, professional and personal connection to St. Augustine is long lasting and, incidentally helps bring whatever credibility a real 450th celebration might mean as our historical benchmark. As an archaeologist who has been doing digs for artifacts of St. Augustine history since the 1970's, who has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and discovery, I would place Dr. Deagan in the same category of honest credibility as Dr. Michael Gannon.
CoSA: City of St. Augustine, Florida
www.staugustinegovernment.com, 5 Aug 2008 [cached]
Following the landing there will be remarks by guest speaker Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan, Distinguished Research Curator of Historical Archeology for the Florida Museum of Natural History located in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Deagan has long been associated with archeological research in St. Augustine including work at the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios. At the conclusion of the morning's events, Dr. Deagan will be available to sign copies of her books at the Shrine Gift Shop on the grounds of the Mission.
Following the Dr. Deagan's address, Mass will be cerebrated by a member of the clergy of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Augustine, the nation's first parish.
FHC: Board of Directors
www.flahum.org, 10 May 2002 [cached]
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