Professor; Assistant Provost for General Education



Archaeology ProgramCenter for Latin American StudiesCenter for Antiracist Research, Initiative on Cities

Areas of Expertise

Mesoamerican archaeology; households; urbanism; collective action; ritual; politics and governance; craft production and exchange; GIS; archaeometry; lithic analysis

View Professor Carballo’s CV – January 2023


Personal Website
Tlajinga-Teotihuacan Project Website


David Carballo is a specialist in Mesoamerican archaeology, focusing particularly on the prehispanic civilizations of central Mexico. He has conducted research in Honduras, Belize, Peru, and the US, and his current project is within Teotihuacan’s Tlajinga district, a cluster of non-elite neighborhoods on the periphery of what was then the largest city in the Americas (1-600 CE).  This community-engaged research working with contemporary communities in understanding ancient ones.

Selected Publications

  • Carballo, David M.Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hirth, Kenneth G., David M. Carballo, and Barbara Arroyo, eds. 2020. Teotihuacan: The World Beyond the City. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks and Trustees of Harvard University.
  • Carballo, David M. 2016. Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Carballo, David M. ed. 2013. Cooperation and Collective Action: Archaeological Perspectives. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.


  • CAS AR 150 Archaeology of Cities
  • CAS AR 190 Introduction to Archaeology
  • CAS AR 201 Americas Before Columbus
  • CAS AR 250 Aztec, Maya, and their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • CAS AR 551 Seminar in Mesoamerican Archaeology