Janette Deacon

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Janette Deacon
Born 1939
Fields Archaeology
Institutions National Monuments Council
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Thesis The later stone age in Southern Cape, South Africa.[1] (1982)
Spouse Hilary Deacon

Janette Deacon (née Buckland, born 1939) is a South African archaeologist, writer and professor. She studies the development of tools found in cave sites in the Western Cape.[2]


Deacon was born in Cape Town in 1939.[3] She graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1960, after which she worked as W.J. Talbot's research assistant.[4] Between 1962 and 1972, she lectured at UCT.[3] She became the head of the Department of Archaeology at Stellenbosch University in 1971.[4] Deacon was the editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin from 1976 to 1993.[5]

Deacon became the first chairperson for Heritage Western Cape (HWC) in 2002.[6]

In 2016, she earned an honorary doctorate in literature from UCT for her writing and scholarship on human origins in South Africa.[7]

Select Awards and Achievements[edit]

  • 2016: Awarded Honorary D.Litt. by University of Cape Town


  1. ^ http://aleph20.calico.ac.za/F/6YFTTA76MBHM24PF3P3YRKJ1M5CKRNMGQY5J74XHT2DDNNDRGB-05905?func=full-set-set&set_number=026289&set_entry=000012&format=999
  2. ^ Vilakazi, Nonhlanhla; Inglis, John (18 April 2010). "The Fossil Hunters: Time and Tides". Times Live. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Janette Deacon". Stellenbosch Writers. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Janette Deacon". The African Rock Art Digital Archive. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "UCT to Honour Leading Academics in African Art, Archaeology and Economics". University of Cape Town. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Heritage Western Cape Celebrates 10th Anniversary". Western Cape Government. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Janette Deacon - The Xainki, or Mother, of Archival Research". University of Cape Town. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 

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