David Carballo

Carballo #3Assistant Professor of Archaeology

Office: Room 247D
(617) 358-1660
Web: La Laguna Project Website
Academia.edu Webpage
Curriculum Vitae

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
Areas of interest: Mesoamerican archaeology; households; ritual; political evolution; urbanism; cooperation and conflict; craft production and exchange; GIS; archaeometry; lithic analysis.



David Carballo is a specialist in Mesoamerican archaeology, focusing particularly on the prehispanic civilizations of central Mexico. The currently ongoing Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan, seeks to understand urbanization, neighborhood organization, and domestic craft production through excavations and geophysical prospection within a southern district of the city. The recently completed Proyecto Arqueológico La Laguna, Tlaxcala, focused on the domestic life of households, community ritual, and the effects of Teotihuacano political expansion through the region.


Carballo, David M. (ed.)
2013. Cooperation and Collective Action: Archaeological Perspectives. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Carballo, D.M., L. Barba, A. Ortíz, J. Blancas, N. Cingolani, J.H. Toledo Barrera, D. Walton, I. Rodríguez López, and L. Couoh
2013 Suprahousehold Consumption and Community Ritual at La Laguna, Mexico.  Antiquity 87: 1-20.

Carballo, David M., Paul Roscoe, and Gary M. Feinman
2012 Cooperation and Collective Action in the Cultural Evolution of Complex Societies.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (DOI) 10.1007/s10816-012-9147-2.

Carballo, David M.
2012 Public Ritual and Urbanization in Central Mexico: Plaza and Temple Offerings from La Laguna, Tlaxcala.  Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(3): 329-352.

Carballo, David M.
2011 Advances in the Household Archaeology of Highland Mesoamerica.  Journal of Archaeological Research 19: 133-189.

Carballo, David M.
2011 Obsidian and the Teotihuacan State: Weaponry and Ritual Production at the Moon PyramidLa obsidiana y el Estado teotihuacano: La producción militar y ritual en la Pirámide de la Luna.  University of Pittsburgh Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology No. 21.  Center for Comparative Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, and Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Pittsburgh and México, D.F.

Carballo, David M.
2009 Household and Status in Formative Central Mexico: Domestic Structures, Assemblages, and Practices at La Laguna, Tlaxcala.  Latin American Antiquity 20(3): 473-501.

Carballo, David M., and Thomas Pluckhahn
2007 Transportation Corridors and Political Evolution in Highland Mesoamerica: Settlement Analyses Incorporating GIS for Northern Tlaxcala, Mexico.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 26(4): 607-629.

Carballo, David M.
2007 Effigy Vessels, Religious Integration, and the Origins of the Central Mexican Pantheon.  Ancient Mesoamerica 18(1): 53-67.