DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
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.
EXCAVATIONS & FIELD WORK
David Carballo is a specialist in Mesoamerican archaeology, focusing particularly on the prehispanic civilizations of central Mexico. He is active in field research at Teotihuacan and within the state of Tlaxcala. Since 2005 he has directed the Proyecto Arqueológico La Laguna, Tlaxcala, with support from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and other institutions. Ongoing investigations focus on the domestic life of households, community ritual, and the effects of Teotihuacano political expansion through the region. The recently initiated Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan, seeks to understand urbanization, neighborhood organization, and domestic economy in a southern barrio of the city.
Carballo, David M. 2012. “Public Ritual and Urbanization in Central Mexico: Plaza and Temple Offerings from La Laguna, Tlaxcala.” Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(3): October.
Carballo, David M. (ed.) 2012. Cooperation and Collective Action: Archaeological Perspectives. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
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. 2011. Obsidian and the Teotihuacan State: Weaponry and Ritual Production at the Moon Pyramid. La obsidiana y el Estado teotohuacano: La produccion militar y ritual en la Piramide 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 Antropologicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Pittsburgh and Mexico, D. F.
Carallo, David M. 2011. “Advances in the Household Archaeology of Highland Mesoamerica.”Journal of Archaeological Research 19:133-189.
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 Anthropoloical 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.
Carballo, David M. 2007. “Implements of State Power: Weaponry and Martially Themed Obsidian Production near the Moon Pyramid, Teotihuacan. Ancient Mesoamerica 18(1):173-190
Carballo, David M., Jennifer Carballo, and Hector Neff. 2007. “Formative and Classic Period Obsidian Procurement in Central Mexico: A Compositional Study Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. Latin American Antiquity 18(1):27-43.