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Kathleen A. Deagan

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University of Florida

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University of Florida

2015 North Jefferson Street

Jacksonville, Florida,32206

United States

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The University of Florida prides itself on its research facilities and encourages all students to partake, even during their freshman and sophomore years. For the 2015-2016 school year, UF received a record $724 million in funding for research projects. The sc...more

Background Information

Employment History

Research Curator of Historical Archaeology At the Florida Museum of Natural History

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Assistant Anthropology Professor

Florida State University


Council of Virginia

Premium Member

Florida Humanities Council

Board Member

Historic St. Augustine Research Institute

Lead Member

Society for Historical Archaeology

Board Member and President

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Flagler College


The University of Florida

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Florida Frontiers "Archaeologist Kathleen Deagan and Fort Mose" | Florida Historical Society

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Historical Archaeologist Kathleen Deagan led a series of excavations that identified the original encampment of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés from 1565.
"We began that project in the 1970s, thinking we were going to be studying an Indian village," says Deagan, Distinguished Research Curator and Professor Emerita from the University of Florida. For more than 40 years, Deagan led annual excavations in St. Augustine, in what is now the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, and at the adjacent Mission Nombre de Dios. Identifying the starting point of America's oldest continuously occupied city would seem to be the crowning achievement of any archaeologist's career. It is not her four decades of work in the heart of St. Augustine, though, that Deagan identifies as her most significant accomplishment. Deagan believes that her most important work was the excavation of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé, better known as Fort Mose. "I first learned about Fort Mose when I was a student at the University of Florida in the early 1970s," Deagan says. "One of my professors, Charles Fairbanks, was very interested in learning more about Fort Mose, and I was a student on one of the digs he brought over here to St. Augustine to try and locate it." Deagan built on the work of Fairbanks, leading her own excavations at the Fort Mose site in the mid-1980s. She was able to conclusively identify the location of the fort on an island in the middle of a wet, marshy area. "For archaeologists it was a matter of putting on your high boots, and slogging through the mud," says Deagan. "Once you're on the actual site itself, which is a small marsh island, its high ground. We learned that the site actually has been occupied by people for hundreds and hundreds of years. There was a prehistoric Timucua Indian site there, and then very briefly there was an Apalachee Mission after 1704, and then Fort Mose. Once you're on the site its normal excavation, digging through shell and dirt and tree roots." Deagan and her team uncovered the moat that surrounded the architectural structure of Fort Mose. "All of the people of Mose went to Cuba," says Deagan.

Scenic A1A - History

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The project, directed by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, renowned Florida archaeologist from the University of Florida, is a search for the foundation of the first wooden fort built by the Spanish and the first Catholic mission constructed on the site.
However, it is that same plot that University of Florida Archaeologist Kathy Deagan and her team use small trowels to uncover the spot where Spain's Pedro Menendez de Aviles stepped ashore and established what would become Deagan has spent a significant chunk of her career on this tract of land in an attempt to fill in missing pieces of century-old puzzles about Menendez and his first camp. Deagan and her team are building on work archaeologists were doing in the 1940s. Deagan is the research curator at the University of Florida Natural History Museum and a lead member of the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, a joint effort by UF and Flagler College. She has been working on the Fountain of Youth site on and off since 1976, most of those years trying to confirm the spot was actually Menendez's camp. She and her team of University of Florida and Flagler College students now search for one of those puzzle pieces that has eluded archaeologists for decades-the actual location of Menendez's first fort. Finding it would solve the mystery that has surrounded the structure for years, and help put in perspective the first Spanish settlement in St. Augustine. Menendez set up the first successful European colony in North America in September of 1565, 50 years before the English landed at Jamestown. Deagan is conducting digs on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth and the adjacent Mission of Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue. With 800 people, including 26 women, he camped near the village of Timucuan Indian Chief Seloy. Yet Deagan is most interested in the first landing site and that early fort. There is a major problem: while there are theories about what these council houses might have looked like-anything from oval to rectangular-no archaeological dig has ever managed to uncover one. Deagan's team is focused on two sites: one at the Fountain of Youth and the second at the mission, where a 16th-century moat was found. At the Fountain of Youth, her team has uncovered large tree-trunk-sized posts in the ground, which she believes might form the wall of a large rectangular building. While this is an exciting find, there is still much work to be done. Archaeology can be a long road of discovery, and researchers often spend years uncovering remnants of the past, and even longer trying to piece them together. For example, it took years to conclusively identify the afore-mentioned plot of land as Menendez's first camp site. The discovery of a barrel well, a lime kiln, and outlines of buildings helped archaeologists and researchers reach that point. Actually, the archaeological site had been discovered in the 1950s was thought to be merely an Indian village until 1986 when Deagan and others began finding European objects there.

Archaeological Excavations | Mission and Shrine

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The following text, prepared by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History and Archaeology as well as professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, appears on a sign located between the Mission chapel and the Rustic Altar:


According to University of Florida archaeologist Kathleen Deagan, "The Fountain of Youth Park site … is one of the nation's richest archaeological resources for understanding the earliest years of European colonial presence in North America.

Timucuan artifacts, Pedro Menendez outline city’s story ChazMena

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The presentation was the second of seven in the Discover First America: Legacies of Florida series.Just before "Menendez" spoke, Kathleen Deagan, the University of Florida's distinguished research curator of Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, described the search for archaeological evidence found in scores of digs at the Fountain of Youth and the Mission of Nombre de Dios.
he said he arrived here in five ships of 11 he started with in Spain. However, the location of his first fort has not been determined, she said. "It was a hard beginning," Deagan said. "There was hunger and the Indians were becoming hostile. In 1566, Menendez moved the city to Anastasia Island for seven years, she said."No trace of that settlement has ever been found," she said, adding that high tides, storms, seasonal floods and soil erosion may be the reason both sites have not been located. he did show photographs of the very few Timucuan artifacts uncovered by her digs. n 1572, Menendez moved the city back to the mainland, to where it is today. hen he first arrived, Menendez held the first Thanksgiving in the New World. "There wasn't turkey, but garbanzo beans, ham, olives and fish and small game," she said. "There were very few deer.""We are fairly certain that the first fort was somewhere near the area of Hospital Creek," she said. he energetic Mena acts in movies, such as "Miami Rhapsody" with Sarah Jessica Parker, plays a judge on Law & Order and performs in off-Broadway plays. His research and performance were so thorough that one might think Menendez had been channeled."There is an old Asturian saying, 'Once you have a reputation, especially a bad one, go to sleep, you cannot change it.'" he said. He had been a merchant with his own ships when Phillip II, king of Spain, asked him to go to the New World to counter the French, who were already there, he said. He had been with his wife for only four of his 20 years of marriage, he said. e called the Gulf Stream "a river given to the Spanish people by God."Trying to explain his sometime cruelty, he said, "I was reared in violence and governments depend on people like me."

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