Menendez Landing Site Topic Of Flagler Lecture


Dr. Kathleen Deagan

Dr. Kathleen Deagan

As St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary, Flagler College’s Ideas & Images program will host Dr. Kathleen Deagan for a discussion on the site of St. Augustine founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles’ landing site.

The lecture will take place Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.

Deagan’s lecture, titled “Science and Serendipity: Discoveries at the Menendez Encampment Site,” will summarize the historical archaeology work she and colleagues have undertaken at the Fountain of Youth park site.

The park is one of St. Augustine’s most visited tourist destinations and was also where Spanish explorer Menendez landed in in 1565 to found St. Augustine, the oldest continuous European settlement in the U.S.

Deagan has described the site as one of the nation’s richest archaeological resources for understanding the earliest years of European colonial presence in North America. She will showcase some of the artifacts and discoveries made on this site, and will discuss how they shed light on the activities, beliefs and cultures of early settlers.

Deagan received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and after teaching at Florida State University Anthropology Department for eight years, she joined the University of Florida faculty in 1982. She has conducted numerous excavations in St. Augustine since 1972. Deagan is the author of eight books and more than 65 scientific papers. She was named an Alumna of Outstanding Distinction by the University of Florida in 1998, is a recipient of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s J.C. Harrington Award for Lifetime Distinction in Historical Archaeology. In 1997, she received the city of St. Augustine’s Order of La Florida.

The 2014-2015 Ideas & Images series is entitled “First America: Exploring the Arts and Sciences of St. Augustine.” For a full listing of all 2014-2015 Ideas & Image events, please visit

The series is made possible through sponsors including: Flagler College, Joy McCann Foundation, Schultz Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, St. Augustine Foundation and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini, Flagler College Bookstore, and the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel.

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. Call (904) 826-8617 or for more information.




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