|Institutions||National Monuments Council|
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town|
|Thesis||The later stone age in Southern Cape, South Africa. (1982)|
Deacon was born in Cape Town in 1939. She graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1960, after which she worked as W.J. Talbot's research assistant. Between 1962 and 1972, she lectured at UCT. She became the head of the Department of Archaeology at Stellenbosch University in 1971. Deacon was the editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin from 1976 to 1993.
In 2016, she earned an honorary doctorate in literature from UCT for her writing and scholarship on human origins in South Africa.
Select Awards and Achievements
- 2016: Awarded Honorary D.Litt. by University of Cape Town
- Vilakazi, Nonhlanhla; Inglis, John (18 April 2010). "The Fossil Hunters: Time and Tides". Times Live. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Janette Deacon". Stellenbosch Writers. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Janette Deacon". The African Rock Art Digital Archive. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "UCT to Honour Leading Academics in African Art, Archaeology and Economics". University of Cape Town. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Heritage Western Cape Celebrates 10th Anniversary". Western Cape Government. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Janette Deacon - The Xainki, or Mother, of Archival Research". University of Cape Town. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- Janette Deacon Collection
- Rock Art and the World Heritage Convention (video)
- Publications by Janette Deacon, at ResearchGate
- People by Janette Deacon, at SAHRA
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